I don’t want to pass up the opportunity to share an article I read about why you, as a leader, should delegate. Below are a few highlights.
The real concern is that many leaders won’t delegate. Why? Many believe that they can do the task more quickly themselves, rather than taking the time to explain it to others.
A Delegation Hack will help you get your staff to do what you want. By working with your direct report and creating a one-page plan together you can quickly turn this situation around.
Start by asking the staff member what steps they believe need to be taken to accomplish the task. As they start sharing ideas, capture them on paper or a tablet.
You should also contribute and guide them toward the best solution — resist the temptation to just tell them the tasks.
After identifying the specific steps to be taken, ask them what order they think the steps should be taken and coach them on the best sequence and the reasons why. Work together to identify timeframes for each step to ensure that deadlines are clear.
When you start using this approach the relationship shifts from you directing them to a collaboration with you showing support and them buying into the task that needs to be completed.
For more complex tasks ask them to identify timeframes for check-in meetings. Jayson DeMers in Inc Magazine calls this the trust but verify approach. This allows you to ensure they are still on track as well as show interest in them completing the task — without taking over.
Once you start effectively delegating the relationship will be stronger. You will have more time for your tasks and staff will be doing what you want because they want to.
Find the full article here, and don’t hesitate to discuss your thoughts with me. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me on 0488 548 854 if you want to talk about delegating tasks for your business.