Are you a Micromanager who rules with an iron fist, hoards all the power and controls decisions?
One of the most difficult lessons that great leaders must learn is how to make the shift from the doing to the leading. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your ability to stay hands on and to deliver on projects. But as time marches on and your responsibilities increase and become more onerous, the difference between an effective leader who motivates and drives their team to deliver great work, and a mediocre manager with a frustrated and a disaffected team will become more obvious.
The Key to Great Leadership
Delegation does not come easily to everyone so we have 5 quick suggestions on how to improve:
- Delegate Authentically: If it’s obvious you’re delegating just to abdicate some of your workload rather than to help employees grow and develop, your approach may backfire.
- Attitude and Skill: Choose to whom you delegate carefully. People need to have the motivation (attitude) and the competency (skill) to be able to succeed.
- Define Success: The clearer your employees are on your expectations, the more likely they are to fulfil them. Provide clarity on the result you desire.
- Focus on the Outcome: Don’t be so bothered about how an employee achieves an outcome. Just be comfortable that they achieve it. The process is of lesser importance.
- Follow Up: Once the task has been completed, provide feedback (and receive it) on what worked and what could be improved.
Effective delegation leads to improved morale, increased confidence and higher levels of skills in employees. Make it your mission to choose an activity and a person to delegate it to, and see what positives it can bring this week.
If you need help with your leadership and management skills, call or email the team at HR Staff n’ Stuff and we’ll talk you through the workshops we have to help you and your team become more effective.