Many leadership experts have listed micromanagement as Public Enemy No 1 when it comes to running a successful company. But, when strategically applied, it can be a powerful tool not only to get things done, but to develop talent as well.
Builders of giant brands, from Apple to J Crew, to Amazon were not only wildly successful, but Steve Jobs, Mickey Drexler, and Jeff Bezos all have something else in common, and it is directly related to their success — each is (or was) an unmitigated, unapologetic, micromanager!
So when, exactly, does micromanagement serve a company and a leader well? When a leader has a vision for what the business should look like and is prepared to back up that vision with action.
Not convinced? See what Syd Finkelstein has to say about why some micromanagers deserve our praise — not our scorn.