I work in the consulting industry, so our work is project-based and we are typically under tight deadlines.
I’ve inherited a new team and most of the team members are not very proactive and effective, so I need to micromanage them and act as a pacesetter to hit our deadlines. I would rather be a democratic leader, but unless I apply pressure to them, they don’t hit deadlines. Because of this approach, I probably come across as very harsh and I think the team is afraid to communicate with me. I ask for their input during meetings, but it seems like they are afraid to speak up.
Do you have any suggestions for being able to put pressure on the team so that they hit deadlines, but at the same time not come across as a pace-setting dictator?