I just finished the design of a training program for the senior leaders of a multi-national company. One thing that surprised me was that these senior leaders needed to get better at delegating.
Hmm…when did delegation become dumping? My take is that this interpretation is the result of bad management.
How to Delegate
Of course, dumping is not what delegation is about. In his book, Bootstrap Leadership, leadership expert and coach Steve Arneson writes that delegation:. When viewed through this lens, it becomes obvious that delegation is a critical responsibility for leaders at all levels.
The way you delegate makes a big difference to you, the person you are delegating to, and the success of the project. Here is some advice on how to delegate:. Chances are high that you are so busy that you forget to take time out to assess what could be done by others.
Think about delegating:. When receiving delegated tasks, you have the following responsibilities: Ask questions. Make sure you understand the expected deliverables, the timelines, the stakeholders, and the budget for the delegated task. Make no assumptions, particularly for new projects.
Get the facts. Take meticulous notes.
Note-taking will solidify your understanding of the delegated task and verify the expectations of the deliverables and timelines. Verify your notes with the person delegating the task to you.
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Provide updates appropriately. Be proactive in updating your leader on the status of the task or project, but do not over-communicate details.
Generally, you want to let them know whether you are: 1 on target, 2 need assistance, or 3 completely thwarted. When delegating tasks, follow these three steps: Set clear expectations.
Make sure that you clearly communicate the expected deliverables and the dates they are needed. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies.
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