Leadership Tip: Delegation

It’s Leadership Monday with Exodus. Today’s leadership tip: Delegation. Delegation is one of the most important management skills a leader should possess. Most shun from delegation as it requires relinquishing control. I too was once of the mindset that in order for it to be done right, I had to do it. However, good delegation saves you time, develops your people, and aids in succession planning. On the other hand, poor delegation will lead to frustration, anxiety, and low morale. A simple delegation rule is the acronym SMARTER. Delegated tasks must be:

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Agreed

  • Realistic

  • Time bound

  • Ethical/Engaging

  • Recorded

When deciding to Delegate consider the following:

1. The experience, knowledge and skills of the individual as they apply to the delegated task.

a. What knowledge, skills, and attitude does the person already have?

b. Do you have time and resources to provide any training needed?

2. The individual’s preferred work style.

a. How independent is the person?

b. What does he or she want from his or her job?

c. What are his or her long-term goals and and do these align with the work proposed?

3. The current workload of this person.

a. Does this person have time to take on more work?

b. Will your delegating this task require reshuffling of other responsibilities and workloads?

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