Accountability versus Micromanagement

I often get asked this question,

“How do I hold my team accountable without being a micromanager?”

Many leaders worry about being a micromanager, but there’s a wide gap between micromanaging and having a light hands-on approach. Don’t let your fear of being called a “micromanager” keep you from creating an accountable culture. Make sure the word “micromanager” isn’t being over used. Define the word and make sure everyone is on the same page.

In addition, ask what accountability means to your team members. Often people associate accountability with blame or punishment, when in reality  accountability is about measuring and tracking progress so that you know where you are and what to adjust. Stop trusting the checklist, and trust yourself as a leader to inspire greater accountability.

To your success,
Marlene Chism