While the producer needs to be a good leader, you don’t want someone who acts like a tyrant. One of the producer’s main tasks is to hire the right people, so in theory, a producer doesn’t need to micromanage the entire set. If anything, a producer should facilitate communication between individuals involved in the production, making sure everyone understands their goals and responsibilities. Especially on a lower budget production, a producer who understands the different departments can be a huge asset. A lot of crew work can be somewhat thankless. If your producer knows how to make even the lowliest production assistant feel appreciated, you won’t have anyone spiking the coffee in a fit of revenge.