Posted by: CarolAnn | September 6, 2010

Characteristics of Solid Leadership

The Difference between Micromanaging and Proficient Management

While there are different variations to management styles, the two most common umbrella types are autocratic and permissive.  An autocratic manager typically makes decisions unilaterally; meaning that s/he has complete control of the reins and directives. Permissive managers offer leeway to subordinates in the decision making process, enabling them to be creative and able to complete projects at their own, timely pace.

In management, it is important to take into consideration variable factors such as the working environment, specific duties, personalities and goals.

According to one resource, micromanagement is “the direct management of a project (etc.) to an excessive degree, with too much attention to detail and insufficient delegation.”  I tend to agree with that definition. While we may each have specific duties delegated (to us), it is imperative to the success of any project or organization to allow certain freedoms for creativity. Just like children, too much rule, and the kids will do just the opposite of what they are instructed to do. Effective leaders discover the happy medium  between the two management types to develop a strong business strategy.

Limits: Setting or Creating?

If you are like me, you not only want to pay attention to constructive feedback from your cohorts and subordinates, but you also want to employ that feedback to proficiently streamline your work process and objectives.   It is fine to set boundaries on time, legalities and other necessary work-related fundamentals. Obviously, if your employee is a road warrior, you will need to make sure that he is not driving under the influence or using illegal substances while performing work for you. BUT, let’s turn the dial up a notch and say you have an online business that requires you to meet deadlines for press releases, product reviews, etc. Give your staff an inch… and they may just produce a mile. Bet you thought I was going to repeat the old adage, eh?  Nope. If your professional workers know the basic guidelines of their specific jobs and if you give them the room to explore and create — the project or assignment will not only be that much better, but it will give you the headroom to speak freely with your subordinate(s) about how to tweak the project and make it even better than what s/he has already prepared for you.

The important question to always ask yourself is this: Are you setting boundaries or are you creating limits? Build the bridge so that you do not dam the flow of creativity and success.  Coordinated team efforts almost always produce greatness.

A successful leader is more of a coach and not a micromanaging ogre. He presents the playbook, writes out a game plan, and then lets his players take the field to produce the winning score. Which manager are you? Take a moment to truly and honestly access your management skills. Is your work environment stress-free or stress-filled? Is your business succeeding or failing? If your team is failing, perhaps you need to reevaluate your management because it may be you, who is failing them. Ultimately, in the business world, if a team fails, the coach is fired. If your team wins, all of you excel. 😉

Characteristics of Solid Leadership
By CarolAnn Bailey-LloydSocial Media and More!
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