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I've heard the expression "the boss is cheerleading a project" where the boss is not really managing the project, but is just encouraging their people for the project to happen. Where does this come from and why would the boss be the cheerleader when he/she is still the superior?

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Cheerleader here is used in the sense

an enthusiastic and vocal supporter

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Probably the boss himself/herself also has responsibilities towards the project in question, but rather than working on those and mitigating the risks, probably she/he is simply cheerleading without really solving any problems. That's my interpretation.

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Yes, I think this is an important distinction to make. The boss has backed off of direct management for a project, and maintains involvement only through encouragement, not problem-solving. –  Robusto Jun 19 '11 at 17:09
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Philoto gave a definition. As for why a boss would do this, inspiring your team (getting them excited about the project) usually works better than just ordering them to do it because you're the boss.

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