Personal and Collaborative Leadership: A Handbook

Improve your leadership, collaboration, and project management skills.

By Éamonn McGuinness, Founder and CEO, BrightWork 

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A pragmatic approach to improving personal leadership, situation leadership, and collaborative project management.

Section 1. Personal Change and REP

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

Learn how to gradually and intentionally manage your personal and professional development with the REP Approach.

Section 2. Personal Leadership

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”
– John Wooden (1910-2010), UCLA Coach

Become an efficient and effective leader with tips on managing your time, energy, personality, and more.

Section 3. Situational Leadership

Managing meetings, delivering impactful presentations, making effective decisions, and more.

Learn how you can figure the best leadership approach to apply for different situations.

Section 4. Collaborative Project Management

Explore the five stages of collaborative project management – initiate, plan, work, track and replan, and close the project.

Section 5. Going Further

Learn how to run workshops with your team using the ideas in the handbook.

Find sample course outlines, session plans, and emails to facilitate courses on leadership, collaboration skills.

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The entire proceeds of this book (and not just the profits) will go to Jesuit Refugee Society, an organization dedicated to working with refugees and other forcibly displaced people.

Who should read this book?

Aspiring Leaders

Anyone who wants to improve their and leadership skills. 


Teams who want to collaborate easily and successfully.


Organizations that want to create happy, healthy, and collaborative working environments.

Why read this book

  • Develop personal leadership skills by managing your time, energy, personality, and attitude.
  • Improve situational leadership skills in areas such as decision-making and running better meetings. 
  • Understand and practice the five stages of Collaborative Project Management.
  • It is packed with practical tips and exercises.

Meet the Author

Éamonn McGuinness

Éamonn McGuinness is the CEO and founder of BrightWork. From 1995, Éamonn has been involved in the development of commercial software products on Lotus Notes, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft 365, with the same basic product mission (process-driven and people-inspired collaborative project management).

Éamonn also works with two amazing international not-for-profit organizations; one in an executive capacity, and the other in a governance/advisory role. Éamonn also serves on two education boards (national and international). All these wonderful organizations are places of deep everyday learning for Éamonn.

“If you wish to lead a good life, reach your potential, lead a team, lead a family, lead a project or an organization, the most important person to first lead is yourself. If you lead yourself well, you can lead others, and others will be open to your leadership. You will be leading from the inside out.” – Éamonn McGuinness.

“While other authors traffic in vague generalities and arcane theories, Éamonn McGuinness has drawn on his years of in-the-trenches, real-world success in order to offer down-to-earth advice and tips that will be widely relevant, whether one is leading a company or just beginning one’s career.”

Chris Lowney

Author of ‘Heroic Leadership’ and ‘Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World)’.

Happy and Successful Customers

BrightWork helps organizations all around the world reach their project management goals.

“With BrightWork 365 being a Microsoft 365 solution, reporting became easier along with increased visibility in all aspects of our projects. The familiar interface as well as utilization of SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams enabled our team for quicker adoption.”


We were looking to implement a tool that was tightly integrated with the Microsoft ecosystem that we could automate and extract information between systems. Excellent integration capabilities combined with a business who is interested in improving the product is an outstanding outcome for us.

We wanted to establish a good project delivery model and guide project managers to get even better at managing projects day to day. Our PMO has the saying  – Simplicity & Transparency – BrightWork365 gave us the tools to do that. Having the whole portfolio in the same tool and integrated to the PowerApps world gives us great possibilities to manage and report the whole portfolio of very different projects.

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“The difficulty for us when selecting a project management tool was our need to store sensitive documents. The fact that Brightwork M365 is hosted within our GCC High tenant ensures that our data remains secure and compliant, giving us peace of mind while managing our projects.

Furthermore, the tool’s ability to adapt to our specific needs through customization using Power Apps has been a game-changer. We have been able to tailor the app and tables to match our unique requirements, making it truly our own.”

“With BrightWork 365 we have an integrated Project Request and Portfolio Management System which increases visibility within the business of project status, issues and progress. The out of the box templates were easily configured by our BrightWork Consultant to meet our specific needs, and the ability to create our own Content Templates ensures a consistent approach to project planning and deliverable requirements on project creation.

The ‘live’ project Dashboards allow the user to visualise the shape and health of the Portfolio, drilling down into detail if required, and with individual Status Reports the Project Leads can share progress with those outside the project team. “

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