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From Micromanagement To Trust-Based Leadership

Written by: Jason Miller, Executive Contributor

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Micromanagement is a leadership style in which a manager or supervisor controls and closely monitors the work of his or her subordinates. This leadership style can lead to low morale, high turnover rates, and lower productivity. Yet many managers and leaders still rely on micromanagement to control their team's work. In recent years, there has been a shift in thinking toward trust-based leadership, where managers allow their employees more autonomy and trust them to get their work done without close supervision.

In this article, we explore why micromanagement is no longer an effective leadership style and why trust-based leadership is becoming more popular in the business world. We'll also give you tips on how to transition from micromanagement to a trust-based leadership style.

The problems with micromanagement

Micromanagement can cause several problems in a business. One of the main problems is the impact it has on employee morale. When an employee is micromanaged, they feel that their supervisor doesn't trust them to do their job properly. This can lead to a lack of motivation and enthusiasm for their work. It can also lead to resentment toward the manager, as the employee feels he or she isn't being treated like a professional.

Another problem with micromanagement is that it can lead to a high turnover rate. If employees feel that their supervisor doesn't trust or respect them, they may look for other job opportunities. This can be costly to a company, as it takes time and money to hire and train new employees.

Micromanagement can also reduce productivity. When a supervisor closely monitors an employee's work, it can make the employee feel anxious and stressed. This can lead to mistakes and a lack of focus, which ultimately lowers productivity.

The benefits of trust-based leadership

Trust-based leadership, on the other hand, can bring several benefits to a company. When employees are given more autonomy and trust, they're more likely to feel motivated and engaged in their work. This can lead to higher productivity, as employees feel they're working toward a common goal.

Trust-based leadership can also lead to higher employee retention. When employees feel that their leader trusts and respects them, they're more likely to stay with the company long-term. This can save a company time and money on recruiting and training new employees.

Another benefit of trust-based leadership is that it can lead to a more positive work environment. When employees feel that they're trusted and respected, they're more likely to interact positively with their colleagues. This can lead to a more collaborative and supportive work environment that ultimately benefits the entire team.

5 steps to shift from a micromanagement mentality to a trust-based leadership mentality

If you're a manager or leader who is used to micromanaging your employees, it can be difficult to shift to a trust-based leadership mindset. However, with some effort and practice, it's possible to make this shift. We have mastered this at my company, Strategic Advisor Board. Here are 5 tips on how you can do it.

1. Delegate

Start by delegating more tasks to your employees. Give them more autonomy and trust them to complete the task without your close supervision. This way, you can boost their confidence and show them that you trust their abilities.

2. Set goals and expectations

Focus on setting clear goals and expectations for your team. If everyone knows what he or she's working toward, they're more likely to be motivated and committed to their work.

3. Give feedback

Give your employees feedback and support. Let them know you're there for them when they need help, but also trust them to make their own decisions.

4. Encourage communication

Encourage your team members to communicate and collaborate openly. This builds trust and a positive work environment.

5. Be patient

Finally, be patient with yourself and your team. Shifting from a micromanagement mentality to a trust-based leadership mentality takes time and practice. It may not happen overnight, but with consistent effort, you can make the shift and see the benefits for your team and your company.


In summary, micromanagement is no longer an effective leadership style in today's business world. It can lead to low morale, high turnover rates and lower productivity. Trust-based leadership, on the other hand, can lead to higher morale, higher turnover rates, and higher productivity. Shifting from micromanagement to trust-based leadership takes effort and practice, but it can be done. By delegating more tasks, setting clear goals and expectations, providing feedback and support, encouraging open communication, and being patient, managers and leaders can make the shift and see the benefits for their team and their company. Trust-based leadership is the way of the future and it's time for managers and leaders to make this shift in their mindset.

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Jason Miller, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Jason is a seasoned CEO with overwhelming passion to help other business owners and CEO’s succeed. He was nicknamed Jason “The Bull” Miller because he takes no BS and no excuses from the people he serves. He has mentored thousands of people over 2+ decades. Jason major strengths are in Project Management, Hyper Company Growth, Scaling and Strategic & Operational implementation. Jason has built several companies of his own from the ground up since 2001.



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