Nobody wakes up and says, “I want to be a micromanager.” The cycle of a toxic leader is slow and destructive to team performance.
You’ll learn how and why the micromanagement leadership cycle starts, how to identify how far in the cycle a team is, and actionable steps of reversing the toxic cycle (and how to prevent it from starting).
I’ve led thousands of teams and executives, and the micromanager is one of the most toxic leadership to team performance. It’s a slow cycle that creeps into the organizational culture and performance.
Micromanaging is costly in many ways. It can destroy a business if it is not identified and controlled. The Harvard Business Review wrote a great piece on the costs of disengagement caused by micromanagers. This statistic made my jaw drop:
…absenteeism caused by disengagement costs a typical 10,000-person company $600,000 a year in salary for days where no work was performed, and that “disengagement-driven turnover costs most sizable businesses millions every year.”
What is the core cause micromanaging and toxic leadership? Trust and control issues are almost always present. Many times the trust issues with micromanagers are with themselves and their confidence to lead.
Therefore, to accurately identify and ‘treat’ this toxic cycle of leadership, you must first understand the relation of trust as it relates to the primary function of a leader – influence. I’ll quickly walk you through this relationship. (more…)