Project Management

The Balanced PM

Seth Greenwald

For many project managers, it can be difficult to loosen the reins of control, downright unnerving to let others make decisions; others prefer a completely hands-off approach, leaving team members to their own devices. However, our full development as project leaders comes with the understanding that the capable people on our teams require both independence and guidance to do their best work.

Traditional management theory places responsibility on the manager to lead a group through the ups and downs of a project. Many individuals attempt to mold themselves into this über-manager, father-knows-best role. You know — micromanager, perfectionist, control freak. These are a few of the familiar labels used to describe a manager who attempts to control his team members by not empowering them to make their own decisions.
There are many reasons why the micromanager behaves in such a manner. It may be that he doesn’t trust his team members to make the right decision. On the other hand, his intent may be commendable. He simply may want to protect his team from moving in a wrong direction. At first glance this appears harmless. Let's explore this a bit further.
From a big picture perspective, this type of manager is using the benefit of his experience to steer his team towards a successful outcome in an efficient manner. This is a project …

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