Help Perfectionists Be Better Managers
Perfectionists set high standards and push themselves hard. That’s fine for self-motivation and career moves, but it can cause problems if they supervise others.
When your perfect protégés move to management positions and refuse to cut anyone any slack, you need to:
- Help them see and acknowledge that all people make mistakes, and that occasional mishaps don’t preclude success.
- Coach them to recognize the difference between who they are and what they do for a living. Example: Just because they see themselves as demanding perfectionists doesn’t mean they should magnify a minor defect in an employee’s otherwise excellent report.
- Encourage them to publicly recognize what goes well and not dwell on every error. Remind them that steady praise will improve the morale of those they supervise.