To control and monitor everything in a team, situation, or place is time consuming.
Let’s say you are assigned a task, and instead of the manager leaving you be to go do their own thing, they interfere. They come back to “check on you” but end up correcting you for the slightest mistake or for carrying out the job different than how they would have done it.
This process of leading slows the whole operation down.
“Micromanagement is the destroyer of momentum.” ― Miles Anthony Smith
Think of all the time someone wastes worrying about everything, and everybody else.
Not to mention the cost of lost morale, passion, and respect among staff.
No one works well if they feel like they are being treated like a child.
Having two people involved in work that should only require one is a waste of time.
Eventually, leading this way becomes a burden even for the leader. It can be hard to keep up with everything, which can lead to mistakes and even burnout.
Except, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Work can be more enjoyable, for everyone, even the manager.
It just takes practice.
Practice of taking a step back, holding their tongue, and watching what happens.
Often times, those who manage this way don’t even know what their employees are capable of. Employees don’t even know what they’re capable of!
Let them find out.
Letting go of control gives power to staff which allows them to mature in their judgment and grow in their skills.
As Tina Fey said before, a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way!