“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George S. Patton Jr.
If you think about what makes a successful leader, the ability to effectively delegate can sometimes be overlooked. Yet delegation might be the toughest nut to crack. It requires constant conversation about where a team, or person, might be in their professional development.
You want to grow your reports but aren’t quite sure where they are at in their growth pattern; will giving them that crucial aspect of a project bomb the whole thing? Or will the plan to lessen their input backfire leaving the employee feeling frustrated by his or her great ideas not being executed?
Effective delegation is rooted in trust amongst you and the people who you work with and that trust is built through you, as a leader, staying in rhythm with those you have chosen to dance with. This is no two step but more of a Tango, someone is leading but you need both partners to dance.
How to delegate can be just as important as when to delegate and giving the person who you are communicating with the gift of clarity is so very important. In our delegation model we use the analogy of a tree: Root, Trunk, Branch and Leaf, each level creates clarity on how much communication needs to happen between the leader and the employee. This helps imbed a common language into your workplace and gives freedom for ingenuity.
Are you delegating as effectively as you could be?