You do not like anyone controlling your every move. So, you promised yourself you would not be a micromanager when you became a leader. But how do you know you have not turned into one? Interestingly, micromanagers never believe that they are one. Even when you point it out, they argue the positive side of their dominating behavior. To avoid being that annoying manager you disliked as a trainee, you must know the micromanagement signs. In this article at ProjectManagement.com, Yasmina Khelifi shares the actions you must stop doing to prevent being a micromanager.
Signs You’re a Micromanager
Do you think your teammates are not experienced enough to have better ideas than you? While it is good to smooth out their idea’s rough edges, you must give them space to take ownership. Do not force your views on them when they are making a good argument.
Delegation with a ‘But’
You have been working on a task for a long while now. You get more work so you delegate the first task to a senior team member. Do you ask for a comprehensive report of each step the teammate has completed? If so, you are a classic micromanager.
Updates on Updates
Do you frequently offer help to the assigned team member? For instance, do you send email reminders to help the teammate remember to send that stakeholder report? Either you do not trust the designated person or you are not ready to loosen the leash.
Witness to Everything
A micromanager feels it is important to know everything that is going on in the team. For instance, you do not have time to open all the daily emails you receive. Yet, you want a copy of each communique your team members send.
Why Do You Do What You Do?
You want everything to be perfect.You think you must know every tiny little aspect of your team.You have recently been promoted to a managerial role.You do not trust your team members’ skills or their ownership capabilities.
To stop yourself from being a micromanager, discuss your expectations with the team. While you still have to work on your behavior, team members will try to understand. Remember, you had to experience several mistakes before making it to perfection. Additionally, people have different ways of learning or doing things. Be open to that.
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