The Manager's Dilemma: 9 Keys to Effective Delegation

A key element to becoming a successful manager is learning how to delegate effectively.  Everyone knows that you can’t do everything yourself, and we all hope to develop or achieve an effective work/life balance.  Many managers never learn the important art of delegating, and thus, have not achieved the success they desire.  To build a stronger organization through effective delegation:

  1. Effective Management through DelegationProvide the context of the assignment by laying out how it relates to other work being performed by the person or the team, how it affects the company’s success and who else may rely upon the information it will provide
  2. Reinforce why you chose the person, or team for the project, outlining each individual’s past experience and knowledge/skills he or she possesses that make that person the best choice 
  3. Lay out clear expectations that are both motivating and realistic
  4. Establish how their performance will be measured throughout the assignment
  5. Communicate Goals Effectively in DelegationCommunicate the specific touch points you will need during the project, along with the benchmarks you will use to evaluate how well the project is progressing
  6. Offer assistance/help, but do not take back ownership of the project
  7. Avoid allowing people to delegate upward or back to you
  8. When going over the project during your planned touch points, make sure that the project manager is prepared to talk about solutions for any problems that arise instead of solely relying upon you to solve them
  9. Hold people accountable because their work will reflect upon you and your performance, not just their own

Your ability to move forward and grow as a manager and leader will be strengthened when you learn to delegate assignments effectively and appropriately. Giving the proper responsibility and authority, monitoring the project without micromanaging, and holding people accountable for their results will build a stronger company with employees who are capable of demonstrating increasing competencies and successes. 

Dan Portes is the Chairman & CEO of Management Resource Group, Ltd. His company provides services in Retained Search, Career Transition, Coaching, Consulting, and Diagnostics.MRGhas offices inDavenportandCedar Rapids. You can reach them at 563-323-3333 or 1-800-249-2443.

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