Posted Date: 2013-05-28
Perhaps one of the most underrated management skills is delegating. The ability to succinctly and clearly delegate work will make you far more effective in the workplace.
People mistake delegation for simply telling people what to do. Delegation, by its definition, implies some level of authority or representation- so when you are delegating you are empowering and allowing that person to do the job. In summary you are giving the person the authority to complete the task or job.
Delegating is delegating. It is easy to think that simply asking or directing people to do things is delegating, that isn’t delegating, that is more like dumping. Don’t kid yourself with the illusion that you are some laid back highly delegating manager simply because you ask people to do things all the time. Your people will think otherwise. You need to distinguish between delegating and dumping. As a manager it is perfectly normal to direct your team to complete tasks but if you want your team to develop and thrive, you also need to be delegating them meaningful and challenging tasks.
You delegate to reduce your operational workload so you can focus on the more strategic issues. You might also delegate because a team member has more skills than you or it might be a great development opportunity for that team member.
One of the challenges of delegating is letting go of control and allowing the team member to do the task. Effective delegation relies on trust – you need to demonstrate that you trust the team member to complete the task while the team member needs to trust that you will let them complete the task. Whatever you do, don’t micromanage as this will shatter any trust and will discourage accountability. Give people the time and space away from you to get the job done. Micromanagement tends to be a result of a lack of trust regarding capability and or capacity.
Delegation is not always down the line. There are times when you need to delegate to a colleague or even delegate to your own manager. Whatever the situation, the key to delegation is that the RESPONSIBILITY for the overall task stays with the delegator.
- Set clear and agreed time frames for any delegated task
- Prioritise the delegated tasks
- Give people the authority to do the task
- Give people the space and time away from you to do the task
- Follow up on delegated tasks
- Empower staff to make decisions
- Foster accountability through delegation
- 10 Reasons Why Companies Should Invest In Management Training
- How to Ensure Remote Workplace Accountability
- Top 10 Microsoft Office Tools for Businesses and Professionals
- 10 Vital Skills for Human Resource Professionals
- June 2018 (4)
- May 2018 (2)
- April 2018 (2)
- March 2018 (1)
- February 2018 (1)
- December 2017 (2)
- October 2017 (2)
- August 2017 (2)
- July 2017 (3)
- June 2017 (1)
- May 2017 (2)
- April 2017 (1)
- March 2017 (3)
- February 2017 (3)
- January 2017 (3)
- December 2016 (2)
- October 2016 (2)
- September 2016 (5)
- August 2016 (1)
- March 2016 (8)
- February 2016 (4)
- December 2015 (5)
- November 2015 (5)
- September 2013 (1)
- August 2013 (1)
- July 2013 (6)
- May 2013 (3)