How to Delegate Effectively at Work

December 20, 2016

Career Advice

4579520419_5897bf9f8f_zDelegating isn’t always easy. If you’re a perfectionist, it’s hard to let go of even the most menial task. If you’re a little more unorganized, it’s hard to plan ahead and assign tasks to others. But think of delegating this way: it’s all about empowering others. And it frees up your time, allows you to focus on other tasks, and showcases your leadership skills.

The other key takeaway to remember when it comes to delegating is that you’re not just delegating a task. You’re delegating the “responsibility and authority” too. This article by Forbes does a fantastic job of outlining the necessary steps for successful delegation. It showcases advice from Jan Yager, in her book Work Less, Do More. Here’s a recap of how to delegate effectively at work:

  1. Define what tasks can be delegated (What tasks don’t require your personal touch?)
  2. Pick the best person to assign those tasks to and trust them completely. (Who’s a natural fit with the right skills?)
  3. Create a clear assignment and deadline. (Build in a check-in point to ease your fears.)
  4. Give credit to that person publicly. (Remember, this is a mentor relationship and you should aim inspire loyalty.)

Read the full article at Forbes.

Image via john.schultz/Flickr.

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