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Not trusting your direct reports is a poor reflection of yourself

Not trusting your direct reports is a poor reflection of yourself

In any organization there is one person at the top and when that organization has over ten people it’s a pretty safe bet most of the decisions and work being done is out of the hands of the person at the top.

Micromanaging is a the result of a lack of trust by the leader in the people they have selected to make the organization successful.

This applies to any type of organization. A business, volunteer group, church, parent teacher council, etc. There’s no way one person can effectively control the individual tasks each member of the organization is completing while doing their job.

But some leaders insist on trying to do just that. It’s called micromanaging and it is mega frustrating.

Micromanaging is a the result of a lack of trust by the leader in the people they have selected to make the organization successful. So how have these people earned the distrust?

A few reasons exist and they all point back towards a defect on part of the leader.

  • The leader has done a poor job of communicating their expectations
  • The leader has continually allowed their direct report to ignore their instructions and deliver something else
  • The leader has done a poor job in either hiring, giving useful feedback or failed to put that person in the right position in the organization or hasn’t been able to pull the trigger and let them go

The next step for a micromanager is being a control freak and unless your name is Steve Jobs you probably haven’t delivered the results to warrant this as a management strategy.

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