Leaders who want to control everything are like a ship trying to move through water while dragging the anchor.
That micromanaging behavior has the following impact on those charged with producing the outcomes:
- Frustration - constant over-the-shoulder critique and nitpicking generates frustration and passive resistance. Not good.
- Distraction - when constantly being pulled from "the work" for less consequential products, attention to pursuit of the big picture outcomes becomes diverted. Not good.
- Oversimplification - when badgered relentlessly over details and minutiae, effort is directed toward trending tangential data upward at the expense of the big picture. Not good.
- Contraction - relentless micromanaging almost always results in systemic self-protection and minimization of effort and innovation. Not good.
Lessening the grip while tightening the vision message is a very nice recipe for more productive troops and better organizational performance.
Leaders who clearly paint and persistently reinforce a noble and worthy vision - the big picture outcome desired - and allow great latitude in the processes of achieving it have the most productive, most energized, and most loyal teams.
Go ahead. Let go!
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