The Art of Delegation for Managers
The answer to that question is what transforms some of your tasks from “to-do” to “to be done by someone else.” Your greatest skills should be coaching, teaching, business analysis, and decision making, not doing tasks someone else could do just as well. Analyze the tasks on your list to make some decisions about delegation. Who will do what? This process does more than relieve you of some mundane responsibilities and free up time — it’s a key element to becoming a successful leader.
Effective Delegation Steps
Follow these steps for successful delegation:
- Brainstorm everything you do as a manager, then figure out what to delegate and who can handle it.
- Consider employees’ skill levels, interest in doing the task and workload.
- Don’t micro-manage. Agree beforehand how and when you’ll be following up on progress.
- Set performance standards. Anticipate pitfalls and how to avoid them.
- Think positively. Trust employees to get the job done, even if they’re short on experience.
- Compare results against original desired outcomes. Provide encouraging feedback, even for partial accomplishments.
Don’t Resist Delegation
The temptation is to resist delegation, either because you’re insecure about the process or you feel it would be quicker to do the job yourself. Both reasons may be valid in the short run, but over time you’ll be better off passing the buck – within reason – and raising competency levels along the way.
Your employees want to be more involved in your operation. They’re capable of multi-tasking, which shakes up the daily routine of their current jobs and gives them a feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes with contributing to the success of your business. Stop saying, “It’s easier for me just to go ahead and do it.” Start teaching. Start coaching. Start leading.
Leadership and the Culture of Convenience
Leaders who create a culture of convenience are able to streamline tasks and establish processes that make improve employee performance and increase everyone’s productivity. Get weekly ideas on how to make your job easier through the Culture of Convenience podcast. Listen now!
Never miss an article. Subscribe to RTO’s Blog