The best way to wield power is to share it responsibly.
Why we don’t delegateSome leaders hesitate to delegate authority for the following reasons:
- They think they can do it better themselves.
- They fear others will make mistakes.
- They think team members won’t like them if they give them a lot of work and responsibility.
- They’re afraid the person will perform too well and make them look bad.
How to delegateWhile delegating authority and responsibility is crucial to team success, there are a few guidelines that should be followed:
Choose the right person.Select someone who is capable, able and willing to take on the responsibility.
Make expectations clear.Describe the project or task to be completed, the results expected and the timetable.
Establish how and when you want feedback on progress.Do you prefer daily reports? A weekly e-mail?
Give appropriate authority.Don’t give a team member a project that he or she does not have the power to complete! For example, don’t assign someone a task that requires access to a database that they can’t get into.
Get the person’s agreement.The team member should commit to and be willing to carry out the work.