DESCRIPTION: Importance of delegation in the workplace
Delegation is an overlooked and undervalued tool that managers can use to complete an ever-increasing list of work responsibilities. This course provides managers with the skills to effectively delegate work to others.
A great leader knows how to delegate effectively to maximize employee contribution and boost productivity. Here are a few key reasons why delegation is essential to great leadership :
Develops new skill sets
Through delegation, team leaders emerge with new leadership skills that enable them to assume new responsibilities and take responsibility for outcomes. Leaders develop their competency in the delegation by communicating expectations clearly and providing feedback. Those who are delegated tasks have the opportunity to learn new processes or interact with teammates they might not normally work with. These experiences allow them to hone their project management skills, communicate better with others, and work well in teams.
Time is saved
For any leader to be effective, especially when they have so many demands on their time and attention, it is crucial to achieving the right balance between the strategic and the tactical. Even though they lack the time to think strategically, leaders have found that delegating certain tasks to others frees them up so that they can focus on more worthwhile activities. When leaders delegate tasks, they have time to reflect on strategy as well as perform other necessary tasks, such as leading and coaching their teams.
Delegation empowers employees by enabling them to demonstrate their ability to accept new tasks. When employees are delegated responsibilities, they get more invested in the results. In addition to fostering a higher sense of engagement and commitment, delegation helps employees recognize their value to the team. Leaders can empower employees by delegating tasks such as assisting a team member with the first draft of a proposal or taking the time to conduct background research ahead of time before a meeting.
- Define delegation
- Break your personal barriers to delegation
- Apply situational leadership to delegation
- Decide the tasks to delegate and the tasks to keep
- Determine the right person to whom to delegate the task
- Plan and conduct a four-step delegation meeting
- Follow up on a delegated task
- Obtain the results you expect from a delegated task