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For new and experienced leaders alike, one of their biggest management challenges is learning how to properly delegate. Those who struggle with delegation often come off as micromanagers, leading their teams to feel over-scrutinized and distrusted.
Most employees don’t appreciate being micromanaged, so it’s in your best interest as a leader to curb this behavior before it leads to negative effects, like poor morale, lack of motivation and staff turnover. We asked members of Forbes Coaches Council to share some strategies for leaders who want to avoid micromanaging their teams. Their best answers are below.
1. Physically Remove Yourself From The Group
Leaders often delegate actions and plans to their teams but they never physically leave. One client planned her travel monthly, coinciding with a delegated assignment. This created the discipline of delegation, traveling to another team and assignment. It put the team in a positive situation, without the leader looming in the next room. This created more productivity and more independence. – John M. O’Connor, Career Pro Inc.
2. Manage Expectations, Not Tasks
Managers usually spend a decent amount of time telling their teams what needs to be done. Sometimes what needs to be done and what is expected are different. Effective leaders will do their best to ensure each individual member of a team knows what is expected. Once everyone is in sync with expectations, there is no need to micromanage. It is about outcomes, not activity. – Donald Hatter, Donald Hatter Inc.