CHAPTER 6

Nix Micromanaging and Other Negatives

To persuade is more trouble than to dominate, and the powerful seldom take this trouble if they can avoid it.

CHARLES HORTON COOLEY, SOCIOLOGIST AND AUTHOR

If leaders’ liabilities (negatives) overpower their assets, their team members begin to tune them out—emotionally, if not literally. Yes, they have to respond to texts, emails, or phone calls to keep their jobs. But engagement evaporates.

If you haven’t worked for one of these micromanaging, overbearing bosses, you’ve heard about them. Employees buzz about such bosses over lunch, complain about them around the water cooler, and chew them up at the dinner table with their family. At the least, for the individual reporting to this kind of manager, ...

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