Delegationby Phil Manington
Ten secrets of good delegation
- Start gradually – don’t throw people in at the deep end.
- Think carefully about how to match the right people with the right tasks.
- Agree with your people specifically what you want done, but don’t tell them how to do it.
- Ensure they understand what contribution this will make to overall goals.
- Don’t expect people to do things as you would do them, or even as well as you do them.
- Be prepared to trust people.
- Learn how to be a good coach.
- Encourage people to include solutions/recommendations with every problem they bring to you.
- Give them all the credit when things go well; take the flak when things go wrong.
- Let go of control – no matter how uncomfortable it feels – make yourself dispensable (promotable).
As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate. When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves’.