If you want something done right, then… do it yourself!
We’ve all heard that mantra before. But if you find yourself saying it too often at work, the problem isn’t the team. It’s the leader. The best leaders are those that empower others. Yet, so many managers are reluctant to trust their teammates and employees.
According to Teresa A. Daniel, Dean of the Human Resource Leadership (HRL) Program at Sullivan University, despite the intuitive feeling that the opposite would be true, “employees actually perform WORSE when they feel like they are being watched.” Failing to trust our team, or micromanaging, leads to negative consequences, both on performance and morale.
I’ll often ask my audiences across the globe, “who here has even BEEN micromanaged?”
Every hand in the room shoots up.
“Who here ENJOYED being micromanaged??”
No hands, and a room full of laughter.
Lastly, I’ll ask them, “So, how many of you woke up this morning, had a cup of coffee, smiled and said ‘I can’t WAIT to micromanage my team today!!” More laughter.
So…where’s the disconnect? Nearly everyone has BEEN micromanaged. Nearly everyone DISLIKED it intensely. And no one INTENDS to employ this smothering style. So, what gives??
Most likely, there is a lack of trust and confidence; something that a properly empowered team rarely suffers. John Maxwell writes in his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership that a true leader “empowers others.” Below are a few ways to do it well.
Learn more about what leaders can do to empower their team in our eGuide, 5 Accountabilities All Leaders Need.