We’re talking about the kind of manager that gives someone a task, a deadline, and then keeps ‘checking up’ to make sure things are moving along. This is micromanagement, and it’s not good.
Signs of micromanagement
- Resist delegating;
- Immerse themselves in overseeing the projects of others;
- Start by correcting tiny details instead of looking at the big picture;
- Take back delegated work before it is finished if they find a mistake in it; and
- Discourage others from making decisions without consulting them.
What’s wrong with micromanaging?
Good managers empower their employees to do well by giving opportunities to excel; Bad managers disempower their employees by hoarding those opportunities. And a disempowered employee is an ineffective one – one who requires a lot of time and energy from his supervisor.
How To Stop?
Quit it, apologize [maybe?] and get to doing actual management, delegating work and letting employees do their jobs.
Avoiding Micromanagement – [MindTools]