Delegating to the people you manage is a basic, daily activity. Yet, each of us approaches directing and delegating differently. You may find it easier to delegate to some people more than others. Why? Because one approach doesn’t work with every style. There is no right or wrong style, but if you want to increase results and enjoy working with happier a work team, then consider how you can adapt to others style.
Let’s Start with Your Style
- If you are a “D”, you may be impatient when giving detailed instructions or appear to be in a hurry.
- As an “I”, you may spend more time involved in social talking than on the details.
- Those of you who are an “S” may find it difficult to assign an unpleasant task or offer to handle part of the task yourself!
- If you are a “C”, you insist that the task be completed step-by-step and want to check each step before allowing your team member to move forward.
With awareness, a “D” can slow down and provide the big picture. D’s need to allow time to answer questions and show confidence in the person who has been assigned the task. For an “I”, it is important to focus on the task and clearly identify the expected outcomes and timeline. When an “S” delegates, they are effective when they go through a checklist and provide examples to reduce uncertainty. The “C” style needs to spend some time on small talk and listen for any concerns.
Each style has a preference for how they:
- likes information to be presented, and
- wants to be understood
The savvy manager understand that figuring out the DiSC® style of someone they manage makes their job easier.
As tasks are completed and collaboration is encouraged, you will learn more about your team’s strengths and weaknesses. It is easier to delegate when you know each team member’s DiSC® style.