Hot! What Type of Project Manager are You?

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In today’s technological environments, where project managers are often just ‘given’ the job or inherit a project to manage, and they have to type managerbring a team together to reach a successful outcome.  There are a number of online solutions that will help a project manager to organize and manage their products and many of these are available on a subscription basis over the internet, such as, 5pm, Wrike and WORKetc, to name just a few, making strong tools accessible to even the smallest of businesses and projects.

 But what about management skills? Project management is also largely about people management and a project manager that understands his or her style and approach is in a much stronger position to adapt that style to suit the different types of team members they will be working with to deliver their project.  There are lots of different theories available that describe the different styles of management and this article will consider one of the older but still very relevant ones.

 

A theory produced by Douglas McGregor, in his book (Theory X and Y Managers, 1960) introduced the concept that there are two key types of type manager 1manager: Theory X Managers and Theory Y Managers. Which are you?

 Theory X managers tend to be autocratic and believe that:

  • The average person has a built in aversion to work and will, whenever possible, avoid it.
  • Because of this characteristic of disliking work, most people need to be persuaded, controlled, directed, or threatened with some kind of punishment to get them to put in enough effort to help the organization to reach its aims and objectives.
  • The average person, given the opportunity, would opt to be directed, would want to steer clear of unnecessary responsibility, tends to have little ambition, and will seek security over anything else.

 Theory X managers, therefore, tend to play to these qualities and characteristics and adopt a more dictatorial, what-I-say-goes, style of management.

 Theory Y managers, on the other hand, tend to adopt a participative style and believe that:

  • The amount of both physical and mental effort that a person can put into their work is as natural as it is for play or rest, and that the average person, given normal, everyday conditions, will learn to both accept and also to look for responsibility.
  • People will exercise self-direction and self-control to achieve objectives to which they are committed.
  • Most people will use their imagination, their ingenuity and will be creative to help solve organizational problems

 So which style is yours?  Do you like to lead by telling, lead by mentoring and inclusion or perhaps a combination of both to suit the needs of your team members?   

Author

Harry Casimir

Harry is co-founder of Atilus and President and CEO of Dixivox, an international VAS (Value Added Service) telecommunication company. Harry is a programmer by trade and enjoys watching NBA basketball games and spending time with his family. In his spare time… who are we kidding here… with two young kids at home, he has none!

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