Your boss wants to know all about the process
An empowering boss doesn’t just dole out tasks and then disappear but will guide you through the process. There’s a fine line between managing and bossing around though. Most bosses focus on the end goal, but micromanagers want to control every step that leads there, says Richard Wellins, PhD, senior vice president of leadership development company DDI. Talking with your boss is the only way to stop the behavior, but don’t point fingers at your manager, says leadership expert Todd Dewett, PhD. “Ask if a client shared difficult feedback about them. Suggest you’re always open to feedback,” he says. “The act of asking these questions will prompt them to think about why they are hovering over you so often.” These are the 9 things you should never say to your boss.
Your boss gets hung up on details
Micromanagers get hung up on the teensy little details instead of focusing on the big picture. Effective bosses should give advice, but it should be constructive criticism about things that actually matter. “Are you getting to a level of detail that it becomes spiteful rather than encouraging?” says Dr. Wellins. Nip the scrutiny at the bud by making sure you know exactly what your boss wants before you start a project. Repeat the directions back to your boss clearly and concisely to make sure you’ve both on the same page, says Dr. Dewett.