HI Loyal Followers,
We’ve all had that 1 manager that was a total micromanager. They can’t seem to leave us alone. Every little thing is nit picked, reviewed and feedback given. It can be so frustrating!
What IF, YOU are the micromanager? Now before you close the page telling me that I am so wrong, you are totally not that person! Stop for a moment! Most of us think we are really good leaders. I mean we are looking at ways to be better, we are reading books, listening to our mentors, seeking advice, doing all of the things that make us better!! BUT what if I said that those are all great things but you can still be micromanaging your team!
Micromanagers are not always the terrible leaders we expect. They are often people who got promoted to leadership for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it’s because they are there, or because they worked really hard, and maybe it is actually because they are a good leader. They just don’t have the tools to allow them to let go of the day to day tasks they are so used to managing.
This week, I want you to think before you send that email to your team. Think about what you are trying to do? Are you really inputting details that are needed or does the team already know this information and you are just inputting because you feel a little of out control!
And before you give me the “Yea BUT”… there is a reason these people are on your team! Yes there is probably room for improvement but what if you allowed your team to misstep? Make a mistake and have to deal with the repercussions of that mistake. (I know you want to protect your team so you are giving them the tools they need to make it right) But what if they already know and are working to resolve??
Take a moment and check your motives, be honest! Sometimes you have to let your team make a mistake so they can learn next time. If you are getting pressure from upper management push back on them! Remind them that the team is overall performing well and you TRUST them!!