Do you ever wonder why your employees won’t take more responsibility and stop dropping every detail of every project in your lap? Throughout the day, do employees sharing details that may or may not be relevant to your efforts often interrupt you? Maybe it’s not them. Maybe you are not delegating as effectively as possible.
When delegating, here are eight critical points to remember:
- Stress results, not details. Make it clear to your team that you care more about the final outcome than the day-to-day details.
- It’s too easy to give a solution. Often, when employees come to you with a problem, they are looking for you to solve it for them. Don’t. Develop their problem-solving skills. Even though it will take more time, it will save you time, money and frustration in the long run.
- Leverage the question to nurture the relationship. When a team member comes to you with a problem, turn the question around and ask him or her for possible solutions. If they come to you with a question, ask for possible answers.
- Be crystal clear with everyone you engage. Make certain that your objectives are specific and crystal clear. Specificity drives credibility and team members will feel more engaged acting on their own.
- Inspect what you expect. Get feedback from reporting systems or schedule regular meetings with tightly defined parameters.
- Set realistic and strict deadlines. If you don’t give clear deadlines, how will others feel accountable for completion of their tasks?
- Keep a delegation journal. When you delegate an assignment, keep track of its progress and coach or mentor areas for improvement along the way.
- Recognize the core competencies and capabilities of your team. Delegation is a lot like being a coach of a sports team. You have to know what projects each team member can handle and which ones they can’t.
In short, by delegating the accomplishment of results – not necessarily the mundane tasks – you will nurture critical relationships with your team, which will last beyond any single project.