I read threads all the time here about bandleader (BL) styles and whether we prefer a dictator or a benign democracy. I suppose a dictator is the guy who makes all the decisions and allows little input. Runs the whole show. I suppose the benign democracy style is the guy who books shows, does other "leadership" stuff but gives the other players a degree of input and latitude to make decisions as a group. But I think what often goes missing in both of these scenarios is basic skill in project management. What I mean by this is someone capable of moving the band through rehearsal goals from one rehearsal to the next in an orderly fashion that gets everything done effectively by the time a show happens. So I would add "project manager" to the list of style choices. I'm working in one band where the BL comes in with a list of songs. It's always the same list. He always wants to start at the top of the list. The guitar player always wants to play each song three or four times. So the songs at the bottom of the list rarely get rehearsed. This is poor project management. I've worked in bands where lists of songs were handed out and everyone went home and learned their own choice from half a dozen live and studio versions available, sometimes in different keys. This is poor project management. I've worked with professional musical directors in church choirs who rotated us through a group of songs methodically, touching on each song once, through a period of weeks, so that we would be ready to perform all the material well when the performance was scheduled. This is good project management. I've attempted to assist BLs by asking them for their preferred keys and versions. This is what I would consider the bare minimum of project management. I often get bad information anyway. What about you guys? Do you have these conflicts? What are you doing to rein in poor management skills in your supposed leaders?