Micromanagement is the opposite of empowerment. One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to lead through structure because it requires true empowerment. It requires that the leader actually trust the direct report (who is most likely a leader within the organization) to accomplish the tasks assigned to them through their team.

Quick test: are you constantly jumping into projects and giving direction to anyone but your direct report team? If you are, there is a good chance you are undermining your own leadership, breaking trust and morale, and ultimately not accomplishing your leadership role.

The irony of micromanagement is that it often does the opposite of what the leader expects it to do. Instead of bringing order, control and forward movement, it often creates confusion, chaos and lethargic progress.

The challenge then is to lead your direct report team well. Keeping short accounts with your team will give you the control you need and leverage the leadership capacity of your organization.