Project management advice: People don’t like to be led, especially professionals with clear responsibilities. Nobody likes “a person who knows” to tell them what to do next. All the time. It’s demeaning and annoying. So what’s a project manager to do?
Clearly, project managers and leads need to stay a few steps ahead of team members. If they don’t, projects go astray. Why? Because it takes time to formulate a clear vision, one that won’t break down in the face of life’s challenges. Only by staying ahead of the team can the leadership maintain that strategic edge. But it’s when that strategic direction turns into tactical dictatorship that things go badly.
Some managers have such a hard time articulating their vision that they resort to dictating exact tactical steps to achieve it, rather than relying on competent people to pull it off. See the issue? It’s a difficult balance.