Coercive Style – This style in Project Management is possible when the Project Manager is technically and functionally knowledgeable enough to give detailed direction to the team. Though there is not much risk to the project in this style as the Project Manager has all the details to the last very point, many may not agree with this style. As the solution is provided by Project Manager, team may lose interest after some time with this kind of practice. In this style of project management, there is no or less chances for innovation. This style will fit in some mission critical projects in water fall methodologies, however this may not go well with Agile methodology as everyone should own the responsibility and accountability of the delivery made by the project team. Authoritative Style: In this style, Project Manager gives the direction to the team however team has space to come up with the solution and implement the same. Project Manager has complete vision of the project and helps the project team to understand the vision and let them to execute the same. In this style, project team gets assistance and guidance. In this case project Manager needs to have very good functional and some technical expertise to exercise this type of management style. Affiliate Style: In this style Project Manager is more friendly with the project team and also takes care of the needs including the career goals and personal needs. In most cases, when the team has right set of technical and functional skills where the team needs very less guidance from the manager on the project delivery this style will fit aptly. Democratic Style: In this style everyone in the team has a say in the project execution and planning. In this case, to arrive at the proper project plan, it takes longer time as everyone in the team involves in the planning and at times its very hard to come to a conclusion when more than one people have different opinion. Coaching Style: Any Project Manager is required to play the role of coaching at some point in time of the project execution. This too comes along with democratic style where project manager encourages the project team even in their times of failure. This skill/style is more required when the project team is inexperienced and needs more hand holding. We have gone through the different styles of project management, and its clearly visible that we may need to exercise different styles at different phases or times of projects. Depending on the complexity, maturity of the team, stakeholders, we have to decide what type of style would best suit the need of the hour.
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