I have met some incredibly bright and talented leaders. When the topic of “delegation” comes up, they grimace and comment that they need to get better at that!
This is a 3 part blog on Delegation Tips for Success – What to Delegate, How to Effectively Delegate and Delegating the Task and the Authority.
What to Delegate
All of us have items on our desk which we should delegate.
- Let’s start with that procrastination stack, which is usually on your credenza, on the floor, or hidden in a drawer. If you were motivated to complete it, the project utilized your strengths and you were the best person to complete it – You Would Have Done It by Now! Let’s accept that you’re not the best person to complete it and delegate the task to someone else who is a better fit. You may have been the best person at one point in your career – however are you the best person today?
- Other items you should delegate include repetitive routine tasks or decisions for you which could be a development opportunity for new employees on your team.
- Delegating projects that cross train your employees to increase flexibility of the workload and your team’s coverage when absences occur.
- Delegate opportunities to use and reinforce creative talents on your team which could add value to the project.
- When you are more concerned that something gets done and less concerned with how it gets done, consider delegating it. Then ask yourself – is it wrong or is it different? If there is more than one “right” way to complete a task, this is a great task to delegate and let your employees learn from completing the new responsibility.
Please take a few minutes to identify at least 3 projects or items on your desk today which could be delegated.