The Micromanager is fueled by anxiety and demonstrates dominance by exerting excessive control and influence over employees. These dysfunctional leaders scrutinize every detail to avoid being wrong or failing.
These toxic leaders get stuck on the details, behave indecisively, and obsess about the way things “should be,” rather than accepting the way things are.
Micromanagers tend to:
- Criticize excessively
- Distrust others and their abilities
- Express irritation when others act without their approval
- Resist new perspectives
- Make decisions based on other’s perceptions rather than relevant details
- Invade employees’ privacy