To be a successful and productive leader, you must learn the art of delegation. While many leaders believe they are already delegating a lot, plenty of employees feel as if their manager is not delegating enough.
Transitioning into a leader or manager means less doing and more leading. As a leader, you gain more responsibilities, and while it’s great to work hard, there will be a need for delegation. Whether you’re a team leader, a business owner, or in some similar position of authority, delegation is going to be a significant key to maximizing both your and your team’s productivity. It is important to remember that is not only ok to delegate tasks, but it will help you and your team become more successful.
Delegation means different things to different people. Many view delegation as either hold on or let go. However, delegation does not mean that leaders need to lose control or insight on a project or task. Rather, delegation is about enabling and trusting your team to contribute to success.
How to Delegate
While delegating tasks is essential for leaders, it is not always an easy task. The first step in delegation is to play to each’s strength. As a leader, you will have to learn the subtleties of your teammates. You should know each individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and range of skills. However, be sure to remember that most individuals want a variety of tasks so avoid delegating the same type of task over and over again.
Another critical aspect of delegation is to trust your employees. Delegation does not mean you have no insight on a task, instead delegate the project and schedule check-in points to verify the work. By trusting your team but also validating their work will building trust and respect.
When you are assigning tasks, be sure to include instructions, deadlines, and any additional information they may need. This is essential when you are teaching an employee new skills. For example, if you lack someone on the team with a specific skill set, that does not mean that the task cannot be delegated. Instead, teach an employee new skills and explain to them that you trust them with this task.
There are many important aspects to successful delegation, but another critical component is feedback. Feedback allows you to see how your team completed the task and also allows your employees to give their thoughts on the process. Feedback is a critical time to access how well both you and your team are doing.
Delegating can be a difficult task, but these four tips can help the process. Remember that as a leader, you do not need to do everything. Rather inspire your team to complete tasks and grow as individuals. Proper delegation will drive productivity, engagement, and success.
For a more advanced look at some Gallup Poll 12 Research that was done around the premise of delegating and empowering your workforce to stimulate innovation, efficiency, and profits take a look at the series of 3 articles I wrote recently on www.medium.com/@brianpalaia or on my Linkedin Profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-palaia/.