Micromanagers are no fun to work with; ask anyone who works under one! They breathe distrust, thus not freeing an employee to do his or her job. Almost everything the employee says or does, he or she is told how to do it in a very specific way.
As I was talking about this with an upcoming leader, he asked me, "In concrete terms, what are the differences between one who micromanages and one who doesn't?" I stressed the following six points:
· A leader trusts the workers under him; a micromanager doubts his employees’ efficiency and abilities.
· A leader recognizes that an employee needs to respect him as the leader, but he also recognizes that an employee may improve upon his original ideas. Micromanagers do not even welcome input.
· A leader serves his employees, helping them be the best they've ever been. A micromanager sees others as a servant to him.
· A leader gives the overall vision and plan and asks employees to help with the details. Micromanagers feel the need to work out the plan’ details, telling others, "Just do this."
· A leader allows people to fail and try again. Micromanagers have trouble letting people fail or giving them a second chance.
· A leader is committed to growing people. Micromanagers are just committed to hiring people.
Talk to anyone with strong potential who has worked for both a leader and a micromanager. He or she will tell you what a difference it has been working for one person versus the other.