The Conscious Project Leader


pmwj48-Jul2016-Carvajal-BOOKBook Title:     The Conscious Project Leader
Author:  Colin D Ellis
Publisher:  Colin D Ellis
List Price:   29.95 AUD       
Format:  soft cover
Publication Date:  2016      
ISBN: 978-0-9945376-0-7
Reviewer:     Vickie Carvajal, PMP
Review Date:   June/2016



In this book, the author’s focus was to higlight details of what makes a Conscious Project leader and introduces the Consious Project Leader Model, for which key components are Leadership, Culture and Methods.

The author higlights the differences between tranditional project managers and  conscious project leaders.  He reviews the differences between leadership and management as that’s what the author sees as key to understand in order to be a conscious project leader.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book was structured in three sections:

Section 1 – Leadership

Section 2 – Culture

Section 3 – Methods

Within each section, the author provided supporting documentation via multiple chapters. There are 52 chapters in the book.  At the end of each chapter, the author provides recommendations on items to read, watch, do or post that are in line or support the content of each chapter.


Section 1: Leadership

In the Leadership section, the author provides insight into the leadership component of the conscious project leader model.  He defines leadership for the reader and confirms that in order to become a conscious project leader, a project manager should have an understanding of and desire to practice leadership by being a person that serves others and be the kind of person others would like to be.  The author also goes into detail on how certain traits and skills such as humor, gratitude, active listening, self-awareness, empathy, generosity, relationship-building and understanding of the team members, among others, are key to becoming an effective leader that others want to follow.


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About the Reviewer

Vickie Carvajal 

Texas, USA



Vickie Carvajal
, PMP has more than 20 years of experience working in application services and consulting. She has provided project management for a variety of clients in various industries and countries. Vickie has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Angelo State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University.


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