In this Leadership Moments video, I’ll discuss the importance of delegation skills and techniques, and how leaders can learn how to delegate quickly and effectively.
Your ability to employ effective delegation skills and techniques could be a major factor in blocking or securing your opportunities for advancement. You might be surprised just how common it is for delegation skills to be seriously lacking at management and executive levels.
At upper levels of management a key issue with delegation techniques is that many executives harbor a deep unwillingness to admit to themselves that they need assistance to accomplish all the tasks they are responsible for.
The simple truth is that, as a leader, even at your best, you effectively cannot do alone all the things that you are expected to do. Delegation is necessary and you will be wise to learn to make it work for you.
It does not diminish you in the least to ask for help when you need it to produce required results. In fact, you will look a lot better for producing a superior result using all resources available to you. Showing respect for the abilities of others is a leadership skill you will do well to cultivate.
There are three things to remember about delegating more effectively:
1. Know what to delegate.
List all the activities for which you are responsible and then categorize them as either:
- Activities you must do yourself
- Activities that you can share with others i.e. dual accountability
- Activities that you can delegate to others
2. For the tasks that you delegate, describe in detail what outcomes must occur and what the timeframes are for those results.
3. Trust in the talents and abilities of the people who were hired to do the work you need them to do.
Thirty years of research has shown that a leader in fact cannot do all their designated work alone. Therefore, leadership delegation is a skill you must cultivate and use regularly.