Leadership Tip

How to delegate effectively

Most managers complain of having too much to do, but very few of them effectively delegate work. In fact, delegation is one of the most underutilised and underdeveloped management capabilities. Delegation is covered on 10/10, our acclaimed leadership development and mentoring programme, but, for now, here are three ways to do it more:

  1. Identify the problem. You may not realise that you're unnecessarily hoarding work. Look for warning signs. For example, are you working long hours and feel indispensable, while your staff keeps regular hours?
     
  2. Remind yourself. Keep a visual reminder of your team's development goals so you can easily identify opportunities to delegate. A comprehensive list on your desktop or smartphone should work.
     
  3. Ask others to hold you accountable. Give your direct reports permission to call you out when you haven't delegated something you should.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from the Guide to Getting the Right Work Done. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

 

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