Why Aren’t You Delegating?

Original source: Landit.

  1. Watch for warning signs
  2. Understand why you’re not delegating
  3. Measure how you’re doing
  4. Choose the right people
  5. Integrate delegation into what you already do
  6. Ask others to hold you accountable
  7. Really let go
  8. Learn from experience

“Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask the right questions so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off,” says Jeffrey Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and author of What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management.

Principles to Remember
Do:

  • Take note if you’re overwhelmed and your team members don’t seem to have enough to do — it’s a warning sign
  • Keep a visual reminder of your team’s development goals so you can easily identify opportunities to delegate
  • Ask your direct reports to call you out when you haven’t delegated enough

Don’t:

  • Assume that you aren’t biased about other people’s performance
  • Give someone else responsibility for something and then micromanage the task to death
  • Be impatient — practice and learn from your mistakes
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