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Book Title:    9 Habits of Project Leaders: Experience and Data Driven Practical Advice in Project Execution
Author:  Arun Singhal and Puja Bhatt
Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.
List Price:   $12.95
Format:  65 pages, soft cover, spiral
Publication Date:  2017     
ISBN: 978-1-62825-179-1
Reviewer:     Lisa Brooks, PMP
Review Date:   June 2018



Most business professionals at some point in their studies or careers have been introduced to Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as the habits to embrace to be successful.  This book introduces habits that should be considered the standard for project management professionals to incorporate into their everyday work.  These habits pave the way for a project win through enabling the team, organizational success and customer satisfaction.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is a transportable paper copy bound with binding spine.  It allows for quick reference of the key points while not taking up too much space on a desk or in a handbag.  The spine allows for ease of flipping through the pages or holding your place while studying the key points offered throughout the text.

As with the physical characteristics of the book, the text is also well organized to line up with each habit being a separate chapter allowing for quick reference.  The book opens with an introduction, guiding the reader through the intended purpose, who the intended target audience is and what the authors hope the readers’ gain from the book.  The book concludes with how each habit directly lines up with the Knowledge Areas contained within the PMBOK ® Guide.


The book outlines nine habits, identified through research and practical experience, project management professionals can introduce into their practice as well as their organization to lead towards what the authors identify as “win-win-win.”   The nine habits guide the project manager to shift towards a project leader while also enabling the team members and other key stakeholders to fully engage in project success.  Within the text, each habit is identified and explained and then followed up with an example of a project when the habit was not fully adopted.  Further elaboration of the habit is then explained and then followed with an example of a project that was successful with the habit being embraced.


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About the Reviewer

Lisa Brooks, PMP

Texas, USA



Lisa Brooks, PMP is currently an IT Project Manager within the U.S. Department of Defense.  She has over 18 years of experience in IT and recently made the shift to managing projects.   She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University.  Lisa is a member of the Project Management Institute, Alamo PMI Chapter.


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