There are four basic types of workers.
- The worker that sees what needs to be done and then does it.
- The worker that asks what needs to be done and then does it.
- The worker that will do whatever you tell them to, but you have to tell them what to do.
- The worker that you have to tell them what to do and they still don’t do it.
I know people in each of these categories. The number 4 worker is the most aggravating. Most micro-managers that I know like number 3 workers. I like to think of myself as a number 1 worker. Realistically, this is probably only sometimes true. It comes down to the situation. If you are starting a new job it would be very difficult to see what needs to be done until you know the job better. I try to look at every task that I do and ask myself what type of worker I am in that task. Then I try to figure out how to become a number 1 worker in that task. The closer to a number 1 worker you can become, the more respect and credibility you will build and the more valuable you will become.