Advice for the time-poor urges us to ‘do, delegate or dump’. Delegating wisely is a core executive skill and key to a great career. So why does ‘delegating’ for one person look like ‘do or dump’ to everyone else?
Delegating is a sophisticated task. To get a handle on how you do it, ask yourself:
- Do we trust each other enough?
- Do I want the other person to succeed, or just me?
- Is success clearly defined?
- Am I helping them to lead?
- Am I helping them to learn?
- When will I give myself permission to step back in?
- When will the other person give me permission to get involved again?
- Is the task properly resourced?
- When will we debrief?
- What feedback do I want about my leadership?
These questions are most important when delegating the big, high impact issues, but they add up to a process that will always attract top talent to support you.
Which of course is one of the secrets of success.