How to Stop Micromanaging Right Now
5 Steps to Breaking the Micromanagement Cycle
If you have identified that you are a micromanager, it's time to stop the cycle and avoid harming your business any further.
It may seem like this challenge is insurmountable because you will have to change the way you think about delegation and your business processes and responsibilities, but breaking the micromanagement cycle is the only way to get on the path to business growth.
If you are ready to get started, consider these effective ways to stop micromanaging and become a better team leader right now.
Step 1: Identify Your Insecurities
Many instances of micromanagement are directly related to insecurity on the part of the manager. You may be insecure about your ability to manage or your team's ability to get the job done. You may worry that relinquishing control will only lead to disaster because no one can do the job as well as you can. Micromanagement also can be caused by inefficient and incomplete business processes.
To identify the potential source of the problem, take a hard look at yourself and your business. Although it may be difficult, it also can be helpful to ask an impartial third party, such as a mentor or coach, to look at what's going on in your business and delegation process. The solution often is as simple as building up your own level of confidence so you can become a better leader.
Step 2: Make Sure You Are Hiring the Right People
If insecurity is plaguing you, a solution may be found in building a better team.
If your team is comprised of members who don't inspire confidence and may not be confident in their own abilities, you already are on the path to a micromanagement disaster.
Before bringing members onto your team, analyze their backgrounds, your current needs, and the team dynamic to ensure they are a good fit.
If you see potential in someone, consider putting them through a training process and helping them build their skills and confidence so the delegation process becomes easier.
At the end of the day, if you can’t trust and respect your team members, they will not feel empowered to excel, and you will continue to question their work.
Step 3: Learn How to Delegate Effectively
Delegation isn't easy. It often takes new small business owners a while to understand why they should delegate and how to delegate effectively. This can be a tremendous challenge when you consider that most small business owners are accustomed to doing a little bit of everything in their businesses.
While there is nothing wrong with being a self-sufficient business owner, you never will be able to grow your business without help. In order to grow your business, you need to know how delegation works and what behaviors you need to change in order to become an effective delegator.
Step 4: Let Go of Perfection
Easier said than done? Yes, certainly. Part of the delegation process involves documenting what you want to accomplish and then transferring the knowledge needed for your team members to get it done. Then it's time for perhaps the most difficult part of delegation—letting go and trusting that your team members will take the ball and run with it.
This requires an understanding that they may do it in a way completely different from how you would do it.
In order to let go of perfection, you need to decide what’s more important to you: having the work completed to "perfection" (the way you would do it) or having it completed successfully in a different way. You may even be surprised to find that when you give your team members a little leeway, they discover new—and better—ways to do things.
Step 5: Create a Strong Team Dynamic
If you think of your team members as individual islands sprinkled around your business, there never will be a good team dynamic. A powerful team develops when there is a desire to work together, pool skills and experiences, and build off each other's strengths. This can't happen when micromanagement is involved.
You can strengthen the team is by taking a genuine interest in your team members, their development, and the ideas they bring to the table.
Empower your team to take initiative and let them run with their ideas. You can further reduce the urge to micromanage by ramping up the team environment, allowing everyone to contribute, and providing recognition for a job well done.
It's not easy to break the micromanagement cycle, but it is possible. If you follow these steps, you will be able to build a smart, efficient, and dedicated team that will help you grow your business.