In an article on 99u, David Marquet identifies four steps you need to take when confronting an overbearing manager. Use these steps to help improve communication and gain autonomy.
How to Deal with a Micromanager
- Pick your battle. To begin a more candid relationship with your boss, choose low stakes issues to bring up where you could accept the outcome regardless of your manager's final decision.
- Approach your manager at the right time. The office can be stressful and patience can be limited when a deadline is approaching, so avoiding stressful moments to discuss an issue is key.
- Show your loyalty to your manager. Let your boss know you support them regardless of the decision when you approach them with the issue.
- Ask your manager if they would like to hear what you think about the issue. It is important to make sure that they don’t feel their authority is being tested, but rather, that their input is valued.
Takeaway: Most micromanagers don't realize they're being overbearing. Often they check in too much out of fear of losing touch with what's going on, or an inability to move on from their former job title. Using this communication framework will help build trust and lead to a better performing team.