I learned early in my management career that you can’t do everything yourself – even though you think you can. You’ve got to learn how to delegate and empower others so that you can be more effective. Think about this phrase I coined … ‘The less I do, the more I get done.’
What this means to me is, if I can delegate others to do the things don’t require my expertise but do consume my time, then I can spend more time on providing the necessary leadership to get the team to where I want to take them.
Here are my 5 top delegation keys to successful delegation:
1. Carefully select the right person (skills and capabilities) to complete the task you are delegating.
2. Make sure they understand the importance and relevance of the task.
3. Let them select the deadline to complete the task.
4. Follow up on an agreed upon schedule – hold them accountable.
5. Appreciate and recognize their successful completion of the task.
Don’t let the ‘delegation dog’ bite you … be very careful in what you delegate to others and how you manage it.
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