Delegating properly is one of the most important leadership skills. Delegation is typically not a natural skill that we learn growing up; however, it is critical to company growth and it’s a game-changer on many levels. If leaders aren’t focused on vision and priorities to drive the company forward, no one is.
When done poorly, delegation is better known as dumping and it’s not ultimately beneficial to the giver or receiver. When done well, delegation allows individuals and teams to focus on more important priorities that will impact top and bottom lines, as well as everything in between.
A CEO recently told me that when he’s really busy, he delegates things he’s too busy to do; when he has extra time, he does those same things himself. I couldn’t help myself and I said “That’s dumping, not delegating.” We proceeded to have a great conversation about why he does that, what message it sends to his team, and what priorities he should be focused on rather than taking back work that someone else can do.
Delegation takes time up front to execute properly, but it saves time in the long run so that leaders can consistently focus on company vision and priorities. Successful delegation requires the following:
- Pinpoint and be specific – We don’t want people doing the wrong thing right.
- Provide feedback along the way – Have them check in along the way to be sure everything is on track for desired results.
- Establish risk tolerance – Create boundaries so they know when to ask for help.
- Recognize success – People thrive with recognition; give it more often.
Work smarter, not harder. Start practicing proper delegation skills so that you and your team can achieve exponentially greater results.
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Cheryl Lauer utilizes her cumulative knowledge, experiences, skills and resources to help businesses develop cohesive and engaged leadership teams who consistently execute on strategic plans and reach new heights of success.