by Phil Manington

Ten secrets of good delegation

  1. Start gradually – don’t throw people in at the deep end.
  2. Think carefully about how to match the right people with the right tasks.
  3. Agree with your people specifically what you want done, but don’t tell them how to do it.
  4. Ensure they understand what contribution this will make to overall goals.
  5. Don’t expect people to do things as you would do them, or even as well as you do them.
  6. Be prepared to trust people.
  7. Learn how to be a good coach.
  8. Encourage people to include solutions/recommendations with every problem they bring to you.
  9. Give them all the credit when things go well; take the flak when things go wrong.
  10. 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’.