My experience working with upper level management candidates has repeatedly revealed that delegation is one of strongest tools at a leader’s disposal. Too often professionals view delegation as a sign of weakness, when in fact mastering this skill is an essential strength for leaders who want to move up the ladder.
When you know how to delegate effectively, you’ll free up time in your workday, gain the ability to focus on more crucial tasks and encourage your employees to work as a team and develop new skills. However, you can lose out on all these benefits if you’re using the wrong delegation techniques. Keep reading to learn some of the top strategies for effective delegation.
Choose the Right Types of Tasks
If you’re like most professionals, your day consists of some high-level tasks, a few low-level responsibilities and other duties that fall somewhere in between. If you’re the type of leader who has trouble letting go of responsibilities, start by delegating some of the lower-level items on your to-do list. As you build trust with your employees, assign them higher and higher level tasks.
Another way to ease into delegation is to choose tasks that aren’t strong matches with your abilities or your most critical job functions. For example, if your primary role requires intense periods of concentration and if you feel hindered by your constant influx of email, delegate correspondence to someone who’s skilled at sorting through a full inbox.
Provide Clear Instructions
You can’t expect your employees to read your mind when you’re giving them new responsibilities. Take time to think through all the intricacies of exactly how you complete certain tasks. Make sure you’ve provided all the necessary tools and sources of information and remain available to answer any questions that may arise.
Trust Your Employees
If you give someone an assignment but you’re constantly looking over that person’s shoulder to ensure that everything is completed to your satisfaction, you’re probably not saving yourself much time or effort. Once you decide to delegate a task, not only should you step back and allow your employees to perform, but you should also consider giving them the authority to take more ownership of the tasks. If you encourage them to adjust or improve on the processes, you’ll often see better results.
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