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Skills, Behaviors & Traits

Anil Paul

The author presents required leadership characteristics – 38 skills, 12 behaviors, and 9 traits – for project managers to run projects successfully. He offers a qualitative case study explaining the importance of Commitment, Communication, Knowledge, Motivation, Role Model, and Teamwork.
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Chapter 1: Introduction


The Middle East was experiencing fast development in the construction sector because of increased revenue from oil production, and more than 60% of the total oil reserves of the world are in the Middle East (Cordesman & Al-Rodhan, 2006). According to Kaul (2009), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the highest oil reserves recorded in the world, holding 24% of the world’s oil wealth. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) holds 9%. Revenue from oil production brought money pouring into the economies of the countries in the region. Increased revenue from oil earnings prompted the UAE to begin an ambitious infrastructure development plan to enhance economic development. The UAE has had strong economic growth, which has allowed the residents to enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world (Naufal & Silva, 2010).

The construction activities initiated by the government of the UAE brought many skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled personnel into the country. More than 70% of the population in the UAE consists of expatriates (Naufal & Silva, 2010). Regarding total immigration flow, the UAE ranks 13th in the world, with approximately 3.2 million expatriates living in the country (Naufal & Silva). The arrival of workers from neighboring countries increased demand for residential units and associated commercial and recreational centers, which has resulted in an increase in construction activity (Al Abed & Hellyer, 2001).

According to Naufal and Silva (2010), citizens of the UAE started to receive financial assistance from the government to...

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