There are quite a few questions here on how to deal with a boss who is a micromanager, but I did not see any asked by managers on how to not be one.
A friend of mine has several direct reports. None of them have the reputation to reliably produce quality work. He told me that he is concerned that he is turning into a micromanager.
The basic issue is lack of trust: because he has not seen high quality on-time work from the in the past, he anticipates he won't get it unless he breathes down their necks.
The upshot is he is able to ensure higher quality of work, mostly because he reviews their output and 'cleans it up' or tells them to re-do if he spots problems.
The downside is he feels these relationships eroding.
On one hand would be fine if all of them quit yesterday and he could replace them - also a gamble, but one he is willing to take.
On the other hand he does not want to become "that guy", with a reputation for being an ***hole to be avoided at all costs. He wants to be a good manager, one who gets good work from his team but does not do it at the expense of everyone's morale, health, and sanity.
How to achieve high performance without micromanaging? How to promote a culture of independent productivity with quality output? How to end up with a largely autonomous team that pretty much runs itself, "just add water"?
How to avoid becoming a micromanager?