There isn’t a universal project management style that you can use to lead your team. Every assignment and employee requires a unique approach, so you can’t develop a general approach and apply to every situation.
Your actions have to be tailored to specific scenarios to ensure that your staff can succeed and work will be completed by certain deadlines. This means that you should learn various techniques so you know how to behave in multiple instances. The following are three management strategies that you can apply to your project and team.
Some managers choose to take a hands-off approach and allow their employees to take control. For instance, Mark Derheim, CEO of The Nerdery, told Minneapolis/St. Paul Business News’ Ed Stych that he uses a “chaotic” management style. Derheim believes that the company’s success is based off its staff members being allowed to make their own choices instead of being directed.
“Distributed leadership has been key for us, but it’ll be all the more important in sustaining and furthering our success. Listed first of our core values is ‘Win by empowering people,’” Derheim said.
This technique is particularly effective if your team has a proven track record of success. If you know that your employees can handle their responsibilities and collaborate without a great deal of guidance, ceding control may be the best option.
Other managers like to maintain complete control over their teams. In a report for Fast Company, Robyn Benincasa notes that the authoritative approach was rated one of the best management techniques in Daniel Goleman’s “Leadership That Gets Results.”
Benincasa explains that this style is beneficial when a singular vision needs to be established. By pointing the entire group in the right direction, the authoritative manager ensures that every worker will strive toward the same goals instead of heading in different directions.
Finally, there are managers who think of themselves as coaches because they’re constantly training and directing their employees. These managers take a very hands-on approach by consistently working with their team members to help develop new skills.
The primary benefit of this style is that your workers will continually learn under your stewardship. With each new project, employees will gain new experience and knowledge that will make them stronger contributors in the future.
Understanding the nuances of these approaches will help you capitalize on all three. Consider different ways to integrate these management styles so you can become a more effective leader.