Uncertainty poses a threat, fear kicks in, and then it’s way too easy to jump in and seize control.
The better course: Notice when you start intervening in ways that make you wonder—if only for a moment— “Is this my job?” or “Shouldn’t our staff do that?”
To stave off micromanagement, ask what’s the worst thing that could happen if you don’t intervene.
Once you understand the fears you’re dealing with, set a policy with a measurable outcome, and then empower your people to achieve it … on their own and without your intervention.
—Adapted from “The ‘Fear Factor’ and what you can do about it,” Michael Jazzar, American School Board Journal.