The Insiders Guide to Micromanagement

Lead Change Blog

Are you a micromanager? Did you know that being a micromanager has more of a negative impact than a positive influence? It’s often easy to spot when we have been micromanaged, but it’s time to look in the mirror and see if we have become that which we know interferes with performance. Change Management Workplace Issues micromanagement people management Self Development

Aim Higher: Servant Leaders Put Others First

Skip Prichard

Influence through service is more powerful than influence through position.” The opposite of empowerment is micromanagement.” And it’s important if you want to create a culture of empowerment, rather than an environment of micromanagement. Put Others First.

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Is Your Way The Only Way?

Lead Change Blog

Author information Becky Robinson Becky Robinson is the founder and CEO of Weaving Influence. Becky wants to help people build their online presence and influence, while making social media involvement accessible and do-able for time-starved professionals and business owners.

102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

Engaging Leader

Storytelling is an effective leadership tool for change management, engagement, and bringing the business strategy to life. We discussed this tool back in episode 52, “How to Use Stories to Engage People.”

What Can You Control?

Kevin Eikenberry

Are leaders exerting more control by micromanaging? Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development control influenceControl is something we all want, and most leaders think a lot about control.

Get out of the weeds to lead people


The side benefit to you is that when you connect to people, you enable your ability to influence them and make an impact. They can’t see that if you continue to get involved in micromanaging the daily work they do. developing others impact influence relationships

126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

Engaging Leader

On Engaging Leader, we’ve often discussed how 21st-century teams require going beyond traditional command-and-control leadership (which I call Influence 2.0) to a more interactive mode that I call “engagership” or Influence 3.0. One crucial principle of Influence 3.0

What Leadership Is Not

Lead from Within

It’s about guiding, mentoring and coaching, not telling, controlling and micromanaging. Blog Communication Integrity Lead From Within Leadership Leadership Development Life Balance Life Skills Personal Development Workplace Influence Lead from Within Leadership Power Personal Responsiblity Respect Taking CreditFor many people leadership is a big nebulous word, one that can mean many different things to different people and across all cultures.

Great Leadership Qualities

Career Advancement

It’s the ability to influence followers in order to meet organizational goals through change. Micromanaging your staff wastes company resources and frustrates employees. Showing their staff that they care is an essential component of the ability to influence.

Are You Crushing Your Employees?

Lead Change Blog

Sometimes when I’m under the gun at work and feeling the pressure of all my responsibilities, I can get tunnel vision about accomplishing my own goals and forget how my behavior is influencing others. Control is the opposite of trust, and micromanaging sends the message to your team members that you don’t trust them to do their jobs. I admit it.

Brave Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

In our business organizations fear has a growing influence. To be a truly great leader you must tackle the three primary areas that fear can influence your organization and prevent your business from realizing increased returns and long-term value creation.

Aim Higher: Servant Leaders Develop Other Leaders

Skip Prichard

Servant leaders are the opposite of micromanagers.” Leadership is influence, and if you’re not where people are, you can’t influence them.” The Importance of Leadership Development.

The 5 Enemies of Trustworthy Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Leaders who refuse to accept the risk of trusting others are forced to rely on controlling behaviors like micromanaging, not sharing information, or performing all the work themselves. Spinning the truth is really mischaracterizing the facts of a situation in order to make yourself or the organization look good or attempting to influence people to interpret the truth in the way you want them to. For leaders, trust is a must.

How a Bad Boss Can Make You Sick

Lead from Within

A boss’s task is to influence and engage people, so it is essential that they understand how their behaviors affect other people. They micromanage. When a bad boss micromanages, they leave no room for people to develop and grow.

106: 4 Storytelling Frameworks to Lead Change | with Amanda Marko

Engaging Leader

Storytelling is a key tool for leading change. In episode 102, “Storytelling for Leaders,” Amanda Marko joined us to discuss why it’s such a powerful tool and provided tips for putting it to work.

What Leaders Should Know About Company Culture

Great Leadership By Dan

Because it influences how colleagues relate, or fail to relate, to each other, culture affects the effectiveness of teams and business units, ultimately influencing the bottom line. Culture of Control – In this type of culture, people with power, influence and status rule over others.

4 of the Most Important Skills of the Future

Lead from Within

It’s important to communicate not just what you want someone to do and (without micromanaging) how they should do it but also why you want it to be done and why the person you’re asking is the best person for the job. Influence. Many sources contribute influence in our lives.

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5 Ways You Undermine Trust in Your Leadership

Leading with Trust

Leaders who refuse to accept the risk of trusting others are forced to rely on controlling behaviors like micromanaging, not sharing information, or performing all the work themselves. For leaders, trust is a must.

6 Struggles Every Leader is Guaranteed to Face

Lead from Within

It plays a major role in your ability to lead and influence. But refusing to delegate turns you into a micromanager and erodes trust in your leadership, which leads to constant struggle.

Leaders As Control Freaks

Joseph Lalonde

This is the micromanager who nitpicks about performance to such an extent workers are emotionally exhausted and anxious. Undoubted being a control freak as it relates to regulating yourself will result in greater productivity, performance, and influence.

7 Ways Leaders Excel – And 7 Ways They Get In Their Own Way

Tanveer Naseer

Your personality in great part determines how you influence the people around you. This gap originates in one of the most difficult struggles of leadership—the desire to control and micromanage. Leadership is much more than what you know or even what you do.

LeadershipNow 140: March 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

HarvardBiz: How to Get Involved Without Micromanaging People. B: Using Influence to Get Things Done. mikemyatt: #Leadership & Influence - 10 steps to making influence a competency.

4 Steps to Break Out of Your Leadership Prison Cell

Leading with Trust

These leaders are guilty of crimes like wielding power as a weapon, hoarding information, sucking up to the hierarchy, micromanaging, breaking trust, playing politics, and over-reliance on command and control styles of leadership. How did those people influence you?

Be disruptive AND be kind


Influence rather than push. Pushing them by micromanaging or being demeaning won’t make them work any better or faster.

Leadership and Teamwork

Lead on Purpose

Avoid micromanaging. A middle ground can be maintained between complete freedom and micromanagement , but each employee requires a different balance. The Product Management Perspective: As a product manager you have a major influence on all those responsible for creating, marketing and selling your products.

How Inspiring Identity Fuels Team Performance

Michael Lee Stallard

This internal identity is shaped by a host of factors, such as birthplace, rearing, schools, and the people and events in our lives that influenced our beliefs and our aspirations. Identity influences almost everything we do. Vision represents the cultural element of inspiring identity.

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Improvisational Leadership: Use Improv to Avoid Leadership Pitfalls

Great Leadership By Dan

YES, BUT(’ers) ‘ Yes, but(’ers) miss a key truth: how you frame language can make an enormous difference in sharing ideas, brainstorming, relationship building, and creating culture and influence. This leadership dynamic is based in micromanagement, rooted in a fear of failure. Avoid micromanaging by using improv techniques to create a team culture based in open communication and trust.

Leading Change: How Will You Show Up?


The project leader, a young man lacking much leadership experience, provided very little direction, except when things didn’t go as he wanted – in which case, he reversed team decisions and micromanaged. The team didn’t want him intimately involved because of his micromanaging, and so they stopped telling him about decisions they’d made. To learn to be more inspiring and influencing.

October 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Julie Winkle-Giulioni of Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided Are You a Micromanager or a Macromanager? Julie recaps, “This table provides a high-level overview of how macromanagement differs from the kind of micromanagement that most of us are all too familiar with.”

Changing Where People Sit Accelerates Change

Great Leadership By Dan

Are employees allowed to influence the speed of the journey? Do leaders give responsibility but then micromanage every move by taking the wheel out of employees’ hands if they aren’t driving quite right? And when they can see and influence the direction, speed, and process, most employees will want to be part of the new order of things. Guest post from R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C.

Leaders: Bullies by Nature or Nurture?

Great Leadership By Dan

micromanaging. Do your systems influence the likelihood of these behaviours? The Author: Colin Gautrey is author of the Influence Blog ( ) and several books, including 21 Dirty Tricks at Work and Political Dilemmas at Work.

7 Ways Leaders Can Empower Their Employees To Succeed

Tanveer Naseer

While you can certainly do that, there’s no question that you and your employees won’t get very far as most of us don’t like to be micromanaged in how we do our jobs.

19 Annoying Habits You Must Break To Be a Better Leader

Lead from Within

You have to be able to step back and assess your own behavior, just as you would a team member’s, and look objectively at how that behavior influences your team and its work. If you don’t break your annoying habits you will never become the leader you want to be. .

7 Ways Leaders Excel – And 7 Ways They Get In Their Own Way

Lead from Within

Your personality in great part determines how you influence the people around you. This gap originates in one of the most difficult struggles of leadership—the desire to control and micromanage. The following is a guest piece by Lolly Daskal and was reprinted from Tanveer Naseer Blog. Leadership is much more than what you know or even what you do.

13 Challenges to the Current State of Leadership


None of these work in isolation or silos, with one or more issues/traits influencing at least one other. For some it is an unconscious set of decisions and influences built up over time and from previous experience and role-models.

The July 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's Bernd Geropp , from More Leadership, Less Management, with Micromanagers and the e -mail trap. Margy Stoner (of Weaving Influence LLC) submits on behalf of Wendy Appel , from her Wendy Appel: The Enneagram Source blog: What it Means for Leaders to Show Up. "In

Ten Decisions Leaders Make Everyday

Kevin Eikenberry

I would add to the Decide to engage point that you should not micromanage.

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Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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Seven Simple Rules to Create a Fear Based - Next Level Blog

Next Level Blog

  Show them how insecure you are by micromanaging their every decision or move. 

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How Top Pricing Managers Drive Profits: 6 Skills to Success

The Kini Group

To achieve and then leverage this level of influence, coordinate with purchasing departments to understand costs. Avoid micromanagement and instead encourage your teams to take calculated risks themselves. According to IBM , we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.

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7 Common Traits of the Best Leaders I Ever Followed

Ron Edmondson

Thankfully, I have had some great leadership influencers in my life and I have sought to learn from each of them. They didn’t micromanage me. I’ve been a wisdom seeker all my life.

10 Ways To Be A Great Non-Profit Board Member

Ron Edmondson

You have influence places the organization may not yet have. In the end, even though you shouldn’t micromanage, it is your job as a board member to protect the integrity of the organization. I believe in public service and giving back to the community.

Why Your Employees Count as Much as Your Clients

Strategy Driven

While management focuses on control, organization, and supervision, leadership is the ability to inspire, motivate, and influence to empower others to create organizational success. Success in business begins with your people.