Micromanagement: Why do some leaders do it? Is it ok or bad?

Posted on 08/22/11 No Comments

Micro-management is never a good idea or practice. While it may seem that it is necessary due to the ineptitude of employees, in fact, it is representative of poor management. The usual excuses are:
1) I can do it faster myself
2) I can do it better myself
3) By the time I explain it, I might just as well do it myself.

All of these ‘excuses’ are reflective of poor management skills. As a manager, your job is NOT to DO things, your job is to get things done through other people. When you do not delegate, you are holding your people back and stalling your own management career.

In order to develop your people, you must, of course, trust but verify. The whole point is that your job is to develop your people and if you can not do so then either they or YOU have to go.

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