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Micromanaging Monster or Master Delegator? How to Find Your Management Sweet Spot

  • 13th Jun'24

"Empowering others is the most effective way to achieve greatness." — Oprah Winfrey

Finding the right balance between supervision and delegation is difficult in the contemporary world of management. Where there is little to no supervision, goals are missed, and the quality of work is questionable. So, how does one get it just right? This is a sensitive area. Let us examine how you can become a good manager. 


What is micromanaging?

Micromanaging is closely monitoring and overseeing the activities of your team. You may assume this guarantees that all is accomplished to your satisfaction and according to your preference. However, it often results in frustration and demotivation of workers. They tend to feel that you do not trust them, and their creativity becomes restricted.


The signs of a micromanaging monster

Do you think you are a micromanager? Look out for these signs that you could be a micromanaging monster:

  • You often need to control all the processes that take place in the company.

  • You often help fix minor errors.

  • You rarely give out tasks that are important to others.

  • It appears that your team is overwhelmed and not motivated to perform their tasks.

If you are a micromanager, it is high time that you reconsider your management approach as it can harm the morale and performance of employees.


The consequences of micromanaging

It is important not to go overboard with this since micromanaging can have serious impacts on the team and the company in general. Some of the possible consequences of the lack of recognition may include; 

  • Employees may feel demoralized and may quit their jobs resulting in high turnover rates. 

  • Close supervision can hamper progress and innovation, as you may become the main decision maker and control the process. In the long run, this approach will be unhelpful for the development of the team and your business in general.


How to become a master delegator

On the opposite end of the spectrum, delegation helps in creating a culture of accountability and ownership among employees. It also enables you to concentrate on other critical and more important strategic activities. Master delegation therefore is not just a technique, but a change of attitude and behavior. Here are some steps to get started:

  • Trust your team: Trust the members of your team and allow them to be responsible for the decisions that they make.

  • Communicate clearly: Communicate your goals and expectations to your team, and ensure that they have everything they need to do their best work.

  • Provide support: Be available to give advice and help if required, but do not stand over them and watch them work.

  • Celebrate successes: Reward your team and credit them for their work to increase morale and motivation. Learn more about the tips to master the art of delegation for managers.


Strategies for locating your management optimal zone

As a manager, one must always be careful not to be overly controlling while at the same time avoiding being too lax. Here are some tips to find your management sweet spot:


1. Understand your team

Some of the ways you can do this are: Identify your team members’ strengths, weaknesses and preferences. It is useful in delegating tasks because it offers the right level of support to the other people you are working with.

Set specific objectives and outcomes for your team. This makes it possible for everyone to understand expectations and the evaluation process. It is also important to develop leaders, identify, and manage them to become future managers.


2. Foster open communication

Promote teamwork and ensure that the members are free to express themselves. Develop a culture within the team that encourages people to speak their minds, to ask questions, and to contribute to the discussion.


3. Monitor progress without hovering

While you want to monitor the project and your team’s progress, set up daily check-ins and weekly progress reports to keep yourself updated, but allow your team to work with minimal supervision.


4. Provide constructive feedback

Concentrate on the particular aspects that could be enhanced and offer practical advice. Do not make statements that will bring down the morale of the team.


Striking the right balance

To avoid micromanaging your subordinates while at the same time letting them do as they wish, it is important to learn from your mistakes. Here are some additional tips to help you strike the right balance:


1. Reflect on your management style

It is also important to take a moment and think about how you manage your team and whether or not your management style is helpful or hindering. You may wish to consult your team for their input in order to understand how they are perceiving your actions.


2. Be willing to adapt

Finally, embrace change and be ready to adjust your management style depending on your subordinates and circumstances. It is important to reach a balance between control and freedom.


3. Take time and effort to invest in your team.

Educate your team to be competent and capable in their task performance. This investment makes it possible for you to delegate more tasks and be confident in your subordinates’ performance.


4. Lead by example

Explain what kind of behaviors and attitudes from your team you expect. This is especially important when it comes to your behavior as it creates the right environment and your employees are likely to emulate your actions.

In conclusion, delegation of responsibility, clear communication of goals, and open communication are the keys to successful work. Just bear in mind that management is all about supporting your team and helping it achieve its goals. Thus, step aside, trust your subordinates, and see your organization grow and develop.

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