Now’s the time to start thinking about delegation within your team. March is a time for the earth (and us) to shake off winter doldrums and free up energies and possibilities. You may feel overloaded with projects, commitments, and meetings. Would you like to have a win-win for both you and your team?
What better way to help others improve skills or provide stretch opportunities than letting others participate in projects at hand? And to give you a kick start, here are three tips to get you started.
Your Three Delegation Tips
- Encourage and empower people to use their own methods to accomplish the task. If you want a specific method or process to be used, explain the steps at the beginning of the task. Then allow your team member the room to complete the task in their own way.
- Be sure the person understands the level of responsibility and authority. When assigning tasks it is important to clearly define the level of responsibility. Ask the person to tell you their understanding of both the task and the expected outcomes. If their answers deviate from your expectations, review the material in detail again.
- Be specific when you define the scope and degree of authority over the delegated task. Clear communication is vital when explaining which decisions he or she may make independently and which require your approval. Include budgetary details and limitations as needed. Never tell someone to “Do whatever it takes,” you may end up with an unpleasant surprise if they overstep the boundary.
It is easy to get bogged down in details and forget the bigger picture. Your job is easier when you help your team reach goals that lead to growth and stability for everyone. You’ll be amazed by the changes that you’ll see within your staff and yourself. So go ahead, delegate a couple of things and watch your team grown in experience, skill and self-esteem.