When we hear “The devil is in the details,” we are reminded not to overlook something small that could have a big impact. When I work with leaders who are detail oriented, they often struggle to let go. That becomes even more difficult when their boss expects them to have the details at their fingertips.
How do you find the right balance?
- Set an example – What kind of leader do you want to be? A micromanager or a big picture thinker?
- Weigh the risk – What is the worst that could happen if you said, “I can get that information for you.”
- Push back appropriately – “Based on my assessment of the information provided by my team, I recommend the following…”
I invite you to stretch beyond your comfort zone and trust your team to handle the details, and then manage your boss’ expectations. You might help him or her become a more effective leader in the process!