Striking the right balance between empowerment and accountability is not easy, but the effort can foster greater initiative and innovation for employees, and in owners, the transition from managing to leading.
So, how can you keep employees accountable, eliminating the need for you to hover? When employees believe that management trusts them without looking over their shoulders, they can carry a lot of responsibility.
Here are five creative solutions to avoid micromanaging:
But, just maybe, the fault is not in the employees, but in ourselves. Downplaying your propensities to label yourself a control freak or claiming you just like to keep close tabs on your team are poor excuses for meddling. Give your people the space they need to succeed and learn, and prioritize what matters; then, step back.
Tips for becoming self-aware
You're a micromanager if you laser in on details, prefer to be cc'ed on emails and are rarely satisfied with your team's work. As a result, your team's morale is established by a tone of mistrust, and this limits its capacity to grow. And it hampers your ability to focus on what's really important: If your mind is filled with micro-level details, there's no room for big-picture thoughts. As hard as it may be to change your ways, it will pay off in the long run. There may be a few failures as your team learns to step up, but ultimately they will perform much, much better with greater accountability and less interference.
The most valuable work performed by true leaders is developing and articulating a compelling and strategically relevant vision for your team.
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