Succeeding in business has always been tough. These days, it’s downright brutal. What do you need most? Time. What do you need even more? All the help you can get! Delegation is essentially asking for help and doing it in such a way that your team members will want to help you.
Effective delegation is key to business success and having a life.
Some successful leaders work 80+ hours a week. None can realistically look back and say they had to work long hours because there was no one available for delegation. Isn’t your number one job to put a team in place so you can lead initiatives bigger than your capability?
This is true at all levels. Even the most successful Senior Executives would say they could do a better job at delegation. In his book The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni highlights the failure to clearly delegate and to hold people accountable as two of the major issues for a CEO.
Delegation is the assignment of authority and responsibility to another person (sometimes from a manager to a subordinate but increasingly from a Subject Matter Expert to team members) to carry out specific activities. However, the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Good delegation allows a team member or subordinate to make decisions, i.e. it is a shift of decision-making authority.
Delegation is one of the most important management skills. Good delegation saves you time, develops team members, grooms successors, and motivates. Poor delegation will cause you frustration, de-motivates and confuses the other person, and fails to achieve the task or purpose itself. So it’s a management skill that’s worth improving.
The objective of delegation is to get the job done by someone else. Not just the simple tasks but also the decision making and changes which depend upon new information. With delegation, your team member staff has the knowledge and authority to react to situations without referring to you.
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