Why do boards micromanage?

Lack of role clarity is the most common reason we assign for why boards micromanage. Just as often, unnamed fear or anxiety causes it. Poor role clarity is the leading cause of members messing in day-to-day operations for boards that haven’t explored their responsibilities and roles.

What type of leadership is micromanaging?

Control never works. Micromanaging is autocratic leadership that disavows the abilities of others; employees are treated like blocks of marble that the leader must put wax in to cover imperfections.

What is meant by micromanagement?

It is very well defined by Gartner: Micromanagement is a pattern of manager behavior marked by excessive supervision and control of employees’ work and processes, as well as limited delegation of tasks or decisions to staff.

What are examples of micromanagement?

Signs of micromanagement

  • Every task needs your approval.
  • You need to be cc’d on every email.
  • You’re hyper-aware of your employees’ whereabouts.
  • You love editing employee work.
  • You hate delegating tasks.
  • You sweat the small stuff.
  • Damages employee trust and morale.
  • Increases employee turnover.

How do you deal with a micromanaging board?


  1. Pray for a changing of the “Board Chair guard.” You need a partner to shift the board’s tendency to color outside the line.
  2. Recruit new board members. Do these board members have limited nonprofit experience?
  3. Ask for a performance review.

Why do some leaders micromanage?

Micromanagers typically enjoy being the sole decision-maker. People may micromanage for a number of reasons, such as fear related to loss of control, inexperience or insecurity as a manager and a lack of skilled employees on their team.

How do you deal with a micromanaging leader?

Photos courtesy of the individual members.

  1. Ask What You Can Do Better. Being direct is best.
  2. Try To Understand Your Manager’s Perspective. Understand the needs behind the micromanaging tendencies of your boss by getting as much information about his or her perspective as you can.
  3. Be Positive, Candid And Specific.

How do you deal with a manager who is micromanaging?

How to respond to a micromanager

  1. Work to build trust. Before you speak to your manager about their micromanaging behavior, take time to analyze your work ethic.
  2. Think—and act—ahead.
  3. Try to understand their behavior.
  4. Request a change.
  5. Promote feedback.
  6. Understand expectations.
  7. Suggest an accountability system.
  8. Think big.

What does micromanaging do to employees?

Micromanagement signals that you do not trust your employee to do the job which takes a toll on engagement and often erodes confidence. The vast majority of people want to feel they are trusted and have the freedom to express their creativity within their role.

Why is micromanaging toxic?

When a boss micromanages every minute detail of your work, it makes for a toxic work environment that in turn affects productivity. Trust is a key factor to enable people to manage their work responsibly. While some bosses get this, some bosses refuse to even try to understand how micromanaging may be harmful.