Are You a Micro Manager?
No one wants to be a micro manager, and no one wants to be managed by one either. On the part of the manager it is normally accompanied by stress and anxiety that something will not get done. From a direct report’s perspective, being micro managed can feel like you are not trusted and not competent. There are a variety of reasons why one may micro manage in international development, and it could be that you are not even aware you are doing it. Maybe you like things done your way, or your direct report is not able to handle the task given, or perhaps you are miscommunicating how to get something done which then leads to not getting the results you want.
Regardless of the reason, this three part series will help you determine if you are a micro manager, and even if you are not, how you can prevent being one. In this Part One you can determine if you are a micro manager, and if so whether it is your mentality and/or behavior leading to the micro management. I also provide steps you can take in order to emerge from micro management and relieve yourself and your direct reports from the stress and worry that accompany it.
Tune in next week for Part Two of this series when I provide ways you can determine if you are micro managing because your direct report does not have the capability or attitude to do their work, and what you can do about it.