Signs that You’re a Micromanager

Signs that You’re a Micromanager by Muriel Maignan Wilkins, Harvard Business Review: If you’ve been accused of micromanaging, or if you’ve noticed that you don’t trust your team, or if you have a deep-rooted fear of failure, you might be micromanaging. This article includes not just the signs, but some practical advice for how you can knock it off.


If you’re like most micromanagers, you probably don’t even know that you’re doing it. Yet the signs are clear:

  • You’re never quite satisfied with deliverables.
  • You often feel frustrated because you would’ve gone about the task differently.
  • You laser in on the details and take great pride and /or pain in making corrections.
  • You constantly want to know where all your team members are and what they’re working on.
  • You ask for frequent updates on where things stand.
  • You prefer to be cc’d on emails.

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