The majority of project managers do not consider completing a task within budget to be of great importance, a new report has found.According to a survey by Parity Group, just 35 per cent of project managers questioned said they paid particular attention to budget requirements, while only 38 per cent thought finishing on time was a top priority.In his response to the findings Alwyn Welch, Parity Group chief executive, was highly critical. He said: "The overwhelming conclusion is that poor leadership is jeopardising project success."From a lack of commercial awareness to poor fostering of team skills, too many organisations are failing to provide senior leadership throughout a project."One of the most revealing aspects of the research was the respondents’ chosen method of success and failure," he added.The research revealed that meeting client objectives was overwhelmingly viewed as the most important priority for project managers, with 70 per cent of respondents citing this as the top priority.The most important individual competence was found to be planning, with 59 per cent of respondents considering the ability to plan, prioritise and prepare in advance to be paramount to the success of a project.© Adfero Ltd