The most successful of leaders know how to delegate effectively. By transferring the right tasks to the most appropriate employees, you ultimately empower them to do their best and succeed. When employees are successful under your leadership, the results are ten-fold, with targets being hit and the work area becomes a happier environment for all to work in.
So, how do you go about acquiring those better-delegating tips as a leader?
Wherever You Can, Give an Employee a Complete Task to Perform
People have a natural tendency to work better and contribute more efficiently when they are aware of, and indeed part of, the bigger picture. Try assigning complete tasks to your employees or if not possible, place them with the other employees that are also working on the job.
Provide a Context for Each Task
Don’t just allocate a task; inform your employees of the goals, expectations and desired outcomes right at the very start of their job. This way, they can make the best decisions knowing what the overall context is that they have been assigned.
Ensure Your Employees Know Exactly What You Require of Them
By making sure employees understand your instructions, you empower them to work towards a successful contribution, thereby completing the task correctly and on time. Ask them questions or get them to give you feedback, perhaps watching some of the work performed to ensure you are both on the same page.
Offer Progress Key Dates
Though you do not want to micromanage, you will require confirmation at certain stages that the job is on track. Let all employees know the dates you need progress feedback from them, or what the specific times are that you require them to be completed by. This way, you do not have to stand over their shoulder but are still informed and assured as the work progresses.