Retreat or withdrawal is one of the 6 states in time structuring in Transactional Analysis. This does not refer to periods of sleep, but is a waking state.
If the project does fail, be sure to praise the subordinate for minimizing any consequences. A good manager needs to have a mature attitude
The Parent-Ego shows most in your management style. When you are in a position of authority you tend to fall back on default behaviour based on that
Having worked in such an environment, I can only say the implementation was very bureaucratic and time-consuming as well as irritating in its attempt