A Fresh Look At Delegation

Whether to delegate or retain a task or project can be a difficult decision.  However, for most leaders, effective delegation is the only way they can adequately fulfil all their responsibilities. 
 
Failure to delegate eats up valuable time, and can also deny people the empowerment that leads to growth and development.  Failure to delegate can also indicate a lack of trust on the leader's part.
 
Another key purpose of delegation is succession planning - if people are never given the chance to perform, who will be capable of taking over when the leader isn't around?
 
Delegation in 6 easy steps…
 
1. Importance. Explain the task or assignment and why it is important to the business. State why it is important to you. People are interested in the ‘big picture’ and need to see how their work matters and makes a difference in others’ lives.
2. Outcome. Specifically describe the outcome or outcomes you are looking for.
3. Authority. Be clear about the authority that goes with this delegated assignment.
4. Resources. Ensure the person has access to the resources they will need to complete the task or project.
5. Timeline. Agree an acceptable timeline for completion. Be clear about any contingencies and the flexibility you have with your timeline.
6. Feedback. Most importantly agree a feedback loop. Agree how performance will be measured and when and how feedback will be provided.
 
Reflection
1. How well are you challenging and developing those around you through delegation?
2. How do you rate in following the steps above? What needs work?
3. What could be possible through effective delegation in your team this year?


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