In every organization the leader is faced with the challenge of delegating. It could be a task, managing a project, executing a large initiative, but it’s not always the leader who is involved. In fact, in my cases the leader most likely is not the best person for the job.
When considering whether a team member is the right fit for a possible task, here are a few things to ask yourself:
Do they have the time?
Is this something they’ve expressed interest in?
Do they have the skills needed to complete the task effectively? How much coaching, if any, is required?
Do they typically meet deadlines?
Will they work well with others?
It is critically important that you clarify expectations and communicate the WHY behind your delegation. Consider the following framework:
State the WHY. Clarify why the task, project, initiative etc. are important.
State the WHAT. Articulate what success looks like and how it will be measured.
Discuss the HOW. Describe the guidelines, resources, accountability and impact of the specific task.
Lastly, always celebrate the victories. There is nothing more powerful than an empowered team that is all in.
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