Teamwork is a skill that we all recognize as necessary for success in our career. A less obvious, but perhaps even more important skill, is that of delegation.
We have all seen a person who was excellent in their position, exceeded all expectations, and earned a promotion to their dream job, taking on subordinates and projects. And we’ve all seen this person flame out and crash because they couldn’t delegate responsibilities to others.
Delegation of tasks and responsibilities is one of the hallmarks of an excellent manager. Think of a time when your supervisor gave you a job, communicated the expectations in a clear manner, and then left you to it. This type of scenario, where the manager provides oversight of the project and advice as needed, is certain proof of an excellent delegator.
Utilize these suggestions to become a master delegator:
- Learn to identify others’ skills and provide them with opportunities to develop these skills into strengths.
- Make yourself easily available to your employees. Be ready to answer questions and provide advice. Check in periodically just to see how things are going.
- Recognize that there is a huge range between a hands-off manager and a micromanager. Develop a management style that fits you perfectly, but doesn’t squash your employees’ initiative.
Remember, delegation does not mean that as a supervisor you are completely hands off. But it does mean that you recognize the role of manager as leader and director, providing oversight of expectations and mentoring and developing your employees to become professionals who reflect well on your skills as a manager.