KISSI, J., DAINTY, A.R.J. and TUULI, M.M., 2013. Examining the role of transformational leadership of portfolio managers in project performance. International Journal of Project Management, 31 (4), pp. 485–497.
Research into the role of transformational leadership in project based organisations has generally focused on project managers or senior managers
and less so on portfolio managers who oversee multiple projects to achieve business objectives. This study examines the impact of transformational
leadership behaviour of portfolio managers on project performance directly and indirectly through other intervening variables such as climate for
innovation and innovation championing. Using a questionnaire survey, data were obtained from 112 project managers in a UK project based
organisation. Transformational leadership behaviour of portfolio managers was found to have a positive and significant relationship with project
performance. Innovation championing and climate for innovation both partially mediated the relationship between transformational leadership and
project performance. The study confirms the importance of portfolio managers in enhancing project performance and identifies the need for project
based organisations to cultivate transformational leadership behaviour among them for enhanced performance. It also highlights the need for further
exploration of the role of portfolio managers in improving project performance.