Empower, encourage, engage through effective delegation

March 3, 2014By Behind the Shelf Blog

by Dave Wendland

One of the reasons you’re a successful business person is that you have learned the art of delegation: its benefits, its limitations, and how to communicate what you want. Successful leaders provide the tools, motivation, and direction for individuals to help meet their organization’s goals. Managers and the whole company benefit from effective delegating. It allows managers to mobilize resources and drive better results than they could have achieved alone. Managers can focus on doing a few tasks well, rather than many less effectively. As a result, they improve their management and leadership skills, while training others to succeed.

For the organization, delegation increases productivity and opens up new lines of communication. It empowers and engages employees and encourages them to offer ideas to improve business processes. It also reinforces leadership skills in employees by providing them with an opportunity to take responsibility and be in charge of a project they may not have otherwise participated in.delegation empowers and engages employees

Delegate – don’t “dump”

Delegate appropriately. Remember, you are not simply assigning work to employees that you’d rather not complete. If employees think you’re merely giving them unpleasant assignments, they’ll resent having to find extra time for boring or dead-end projects.

To delegate effectively, you must give someone the responsibility and authority to do something that is not normally part of their job. The rule is simple – delegate when you need something done and when someone else can do it.

Delegating is not a dirty word

As your responsibilities grow, you either have to accept that you can’t do it all or you have to succumb to such pressure and stress that you are no longer effective in your role. In today’s fast-paced business environment, embracing the power of effective delegation is vital. Giving in to the reality that you simply can’t do it all will improve your value to your company and its employees.

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