9 Habits of Project Leaders (PMI)


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:  Spiral-Bound 7×4.5 in Book
Publication Date:   2017
ISBN: LCCN2017005884
Reviewer:     Heron Gonzalez Jr., PMP
Review Date:   February 2018



Project Management is a dynamic and challenging profession that demands the creation of unique results in fast paced and demanding environments. To be successful, a project manager needs to develop and then consistently apply a broad set of skills. To grow in the profession, project managers need to sharpen their skills with each new project. The “9 Habits of Project Leaders” by Singhal and Bhatt, is an excellent tool for a busy project manager to have in her tool box. It clearly, insightfully summarizes nine key success ingredients that practitioners need in order to successfully launch and grow their project management career.

Overview of Book’s Structure

“9 Habits of Project Leaders” is two books in one. It is first a project management leadership resource that is meant to be read from cover to cover to learn about key practices and thought patterns of successful project managers.

The book is also a handy reference book that is formatted be carried in a brief case or backpack, or kept in a convenient location in a workspace for periodic review and reference. The book’s spiral bound pages make the book easy to open and close and so encourage its use as a frequently used reference book.

The book’s layout is also intended to facilitate convenient use. After a helpful Preface, the book is laid out in Eleven chapters which cover each of the 9 Habits (Chapters 1-9), a discussion of the alignment of the habits with PMBOK Knowledge areas (Chapter 10) and a Summary and Conclusion (Chapter 11). The nine chapters covering the success habits should be viewed as an integrated model, but each chapter can stand alone based on its content’s insight for a particular reader. The chapter on alignment (Chapter 10) contains an excellent chart which helps to cross-reference the 9 Habits to the PMBOK Guide’s Knowledge Areas.

Finally, two helpful Appendices provide the reader with information about the author’s experience (Appendix A) and their Data Collection and Analysis Methodology (Appendix B).  Appendix B was a key element of the book for me. It drove to the heart of what it means to be a project manager. It shows that the book is based on real world, proven project experience, just like a successful project.


Singhal and Bhatt admit that there is “nothing particularly revolutionary about the nine habits,” but as a reader and admirer of Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” I thought the same about Covey’s extraordinarily insightful book before I read it and applied it to my life. Books of this kind present what appear to be simple ideas in a way that are incisive and eminently useful.


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About the Reviewer

Heron Gonzalez, Jr., PMP

San Antonio, TX, USA


Heron Gonzalez, Jr
is currently a Business Process Outsourcing Sr. Migration Manager and a member of the Project Management Institute. His professional experience also includes Program/Project Management, Business Process Engineering, Information Security, Human Resources, Organizational Planning/Design, Change Management and Operations Integration.

Heron has a B.A. and an M.B.A., and has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) professional designations.


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