The Pitfalls of Micromanagement

You've been in your role now for some time, and you have been extremely successful as a high performing individual contributor. Your manager approaches you about a promotion opportunity to move into a management role in a recent 1:1 meeting. During the meeting you let your manager know you need some time to think about it. You go home that evening thinking about the opportunity. You wonder to yourself, "Am I ready for such responsibility? How will my peers take me as their manager? Is this really what I want right now?" You do like the sound of more money, and frankly you can use it based on some personal things you want to take care of. After weighing the pro's and the con's, you decide you are interested in the opportunity.


The next day you schedule a meeting with your manager, and tell her your decision. She's estactic you are interested and can't wait to see you shine in this new role. Over the next 2 weeks, both of you work through the transition plans of your current work, and the Human Resource (HR) processes to make this promotion a reality. You put the ink to paper, and you are ready to go. Now, you are excited and can't wait to start.


3 week later

It's 3 weeks into your new role and realize this is somewhat harder than you thought (😳). It was easy being a high performing individual contributor. You didn't have to worry about anyone, but yourself. You realize your management style is rubbing people the wrong way, and instead of having allies, you are making enemies. You realize it is very hard for you to get out of the day to day work, and focus on leading your team. Mainly, because you miss the day to day work, and didn't realize how much you would miss it when you took on this new role. Your team feels as though you don't trust them because you second guess everything they do, and you are continually correcting their work, or providing advice they did not ask for. To your defensive though, you were placed in this position with no real training or onboarding. Since you have taken this role, your manager barely has meetings with you, but has all the faith you will figure it out. She knows this was the next logical move for you and that you will organically get into rhythm. You think to yourself, "this was the next logical move for me, right? (🤔) Well, this may be right, or wrong. Just because you are a high performing individual contributor does not mean you will be a great manager. This is a common mistake many managers, and organizations make.


Just like there are skills you need to have for your individual contributor role, there are skills you need to have to be an effective manager/leader. If you do not have those skills it is not only detrimental to you, but to the company as a whole. If you have a desire to be in management, and lack some of the cr