How Do I Avoid Being A Micromanager?

Posted on April 29, 2014

For advice on how to deal with this tricky situation we turned to leadership coach Lolly Daskal and psychologist Art Markman:

Taking time to mentor someone and to give them responsibility to make some decisions can slow a task down, which can hamper productivity in the short-run. However, mentoring is a crucial aspect of people's sense that their organization is a neighborhood.

When people feel like they are part of a neighborhood, they are more motivated to go above-and-beyond for the company. And, of course, the more skills your team members develop, the more responsibility they can take on in the long-run, which also makes them more productive.

To create a neighborhood, you have to open the lines of communication. Engage with your team members. Let them know what you are doing and keep them up-to-date on why things are happening as they are in the organization. Listen to their concerns and work to address them.

When the group feels like it is part of a neighborhood, then in those moments when you need everyone to pull together to meet a deadline, you can ask everyone to follow your lead and expect they will put in their full effort. The frequent communication with team members gives you an opportunity to provide regular mentorship to less experienced members of the group.

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