The number one step in good delegation…

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…Trust the one to whom you delegate.

I hear from leaders continually who say they don’t delegate, because they don’t trust that the work will be done to their expectations. I get that. But, even if you don’t trust the people to whom you should be delegating…don’t avoid delegation. You’ll be very ineffective as a leader if you do that.

You just have some bigger work to do, so you can effectively delegate.

Your work first:

  • You’ll have to develop the people to whom you need to delegate.
  • You have to take a risk on people who haven’t been tested.
  • If the other two won’t work…and you’re fully convinced of that…you’ll have to get new people.

You simply can’t afford to lead without delegation. In fact, I’m not sure it’s leading if you’re doing all the work.

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3 thoughts on “The number one step in good delegation…

  1. The biggest lesson I learned as I pursued my desire to be a delegating manager was to embrace how others do things differently that I do. A good leader should NEVER want mini versions of themselves running around. As Liz Wiseman has shared, a good leader looks to amplify the strengths of others. It is the leaders responsibility to place that person where he or she can realize their strengths for the betterment of the team.

    Great article! A very sincere thank you for sharing something so close to my heart.