Week 4 – Leadership And Influencing Skills

project execution running the project weekly challenge 4 answers

1. Which of the following are true of teams? Select all that apply.

  • Follow the directives of a single person
  • Encourage accountability
  • Foster creativity
  • Collaborate to solve problems in service of a shared goal


2. Imagine you manage a large marketing team working on a new campaign. You want each individual to understand their job expectations and the consequences of their performance. To aid in this, you set up a central project tracker so the team can follow their progress. Which of the five elements of effective teams does this scenario demonstrate?

  • Dependability
  • Structure and clarity
  • Psychological safety
  • Meaning


3. Imagine you are project managing a merger between two healthcare companies. The project is large and complex, so you send out weekly emails highlighting the most important tasks. Which aspect of effective team building does this scenario demonstrate?

  • Prioritize tasks
  • Listen and ask questions
  • Celebrate team success
  • Promote psychological safety


4. In what two ways can project managers listen and communicate effectively?

  • Celebrate team success and milestones
  • Create motivation by rewarding good work
  • Ask team members how they prefer to communicate
  • Hold regular team meetings


5. What are Bruce Tuckman’s five stages of team development?

  • Forming, storming, norming, performing, adjourning
  • Forming, warming, informing, performing, adjourning
  • Conforming, storming, informing, transforming, adjourning
  • Conforming, warming, norming, transforming, conforming


6. Imagine your company introduces a new feedback system for employees to share ideas, report grievances, and receive follow-ups from leadership. This helps to align values within the team and promotes honesty, respect, and integrity. Which leadership quality does this change demonstrate?

  • Ethical leadership
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Democratic leadership
  • Strategic leadership


7. Imagine a tech company wants to use another firm’s processor in its new laptop. The project manager writes to the firm’s CEO about the mutual benefits and projected sales numbers. Which steps of effective influencing is the project manager demonstrating? Select all that apply.

  • Provide evidence
  • Connect emotionally
  • Frame for common ground
  • Establish credibility


8. As a project manager, which of the following are your organizational sources of power? Select all that apply.

  • Character
  • Reputation
  • Role
  • Network


9. Which step in the ethical decision-making framework could include a question such as “Which option will produce the most good and do the least harm?”

  • Recognize an ethical issue.
  • Make a decision and test it.
  • Evaluate alternative actions.
  • Act and reflect on the outcome.


10. As a project manager, you want to provide air cover for your team by not explicitly saying “no” to a stakeholder’s request. Which of the following are two possible strategies to achieve this?

  • Offer to get back to the stakeholder once you gather more information, which may provide time for the stakeholder to reconsider their request.
  • Refer the stakeholder to project management best practices such as how to effectively complete a project.
  • Have each teammate email the stakeholder giving their perspectives on why the request cannot be completed.
  • Explain to the stakeholder that their request won’t be possible under the current constraints of the project.

Shuffle Q/A 1

11. A group forms in your company to solve problems and complete important tasks together instead of independently. Which term describes this group?

  • Executive Leadership
  • Work group
  • Team
  • Customers

12. A project manager creates a safe space for teammates to feel comfortable taking risks and asking questions. Which of the five elements of effective teams are they providing?

  • Structure and clarity
  • Dependability
  • Impact
  • Psychological safety

Devendra Kumar

Project Management Apprentice at Google

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