December 7, 2009

Delegation – The Win-Win Skill

It is well known that effective leaders are those people who understand what delegation is and who also have the required skills with which to delegate tasks effectively.

A manager who is not good at delegating tasks to their people, will soon find that they have start to burn themselves out and have frustrated employees too!

The hallmark of a strong leader is that it requires learning to let go and being strong enough to put your faith in others to do things that you do not need to do on your own.

You must also appreciate that there is a right way to delegate things and a wrong way to delegate tasks. The wrong way will lead to failure, whilst the correct ways will ensure success.

The first thing that you need to understand is what the valuable means of delegating tasks to team members is. Most of us do not know where to start and so will struggle and even end up with having too much work to do by ourselves.

Experience is however a great teacher and so by learning through trial and error methods you will soon get the hang of it. This in turn does mean having to practice delegating tasks regularly on a day-to-day basis.

The key to valuable delegation lies in being determined that you do not abdicate your responsibilities. And this in turn will mean that you need to realize that it is not enough to just ask someone to perform a task and then forget about the task or the individual who will be doing the job for you.

In fact, delegating tasks involves managing risk and also micromanaging it, yet not the person!

Win-win?

Of course you free yourself from tasks that others could do just as well, they in turn learn new skills and the challenge engages then and finally, with such a developing workforce, you will never again need to worry about your succession plan – your people will be fully skilled whenever you need them!

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