Real micromanagement, if it exists at all, is quite rare. Look at the basics of management: Delegate properly so each employee knows which tasks belong to him and him alone. Spell out exactly what is within his authority and what is not. Equip him with the tools and techniques of the job. That's not micromanagement, that's just plain management. Anything less is undermanagement.
If you want to truly empower people, then you simply must define the terrain on which they have power. Consistently articulating with every direct report the appropriate standards and expectations - what to do and how to do it - is the hard work of leading, managing, and supervising.