This article from Harvard Business Review states “Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask questions so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off.”
Here are a few questions to ask yourself taken right out of our Delegating Workshop:
1. Did you choose the right person for the responsibility in the first place? It’s good to challenge employees, but make sure the person you select has the right skill-set for the job or can get the skills they need through training.
2. Did you take time to explain what you wanted the team member to do and why? Don’t throw a task at a person with little or no training. And don’t forget to explain the why behind the responsibility.
3. Did you discuss the team member’s thoughts and questions? They might be thinking of some obstacles or resources needed. Or they may have a better way to approach the task. Don’t forget to stop and listen.
4. Did you agree on scheduled check-ins, when needed and results? Some employees take more check-ins that others. Tailor your oversight to each employee and even each responsibility for the same employee.
Delegating is one of the most difficult things we do as leaders. It takes practice and you won’t get it right every time, so don’t give up. In the long run, you will save time, and develop your employees so they’ll love working with you.