Transforming the Micromanager

As an executive coach, I frequently work with clients to help them transition smoothly into a leadership role. They must quickly deliver on many new responsibilities, but may face various challenges in properly managing their new team.

A client of mine who works for a large financial organization, for example, was recently promoted to division vice-president. She cared deeply about her team’s success and thought she was off to a strong start. When she received the results of her 360 assessment, however, she was stunned and devastated to learn that her team viewed her as a micromanager.

She turned to me for help in becoming a more effective leader. We started with a discovery phase, identifying the behaviors, attitudes and communication styles that contributed to her team viewing her as a micromanager. Then, I provided her with direction, insights, tools and techniques to transform her leadership style.

Four months into our coaching engagement, my client received good feedback from her direct reports. They now see her as someone who delegates work efficiently and empowers them to make their own decisions – all resulting in improved team relationships.

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

If you’re in a new position or struggling with a current one, contact me to learn how I can help you become a more effective leader.