Stay on Track When Delegating – Tips Six to Ten
Another path you must follow when learning how to delegate to your team or team members is using some skills you might not feel that comfortable with, at first.
6. You Can Trust Them – Some managers do trust their teams, but fear failure; hence no delegation; think of a dictator—that’s you. Quit being the general and show the team you trust them. Trust goes hand in hand with delegation skills that will eventually convey confidence.
7. Set Realistic Goals – Maybe you could get that task done in under a day, but is that realistic for a team member’s skillset? Offer guidelines and be realistic about timelines and due date.
8. Let Go of the Project Plan – Sure you may have written it but it’s not all yours! Share it with the team and allow individuals to offer input on what processes could be assigned to which teams.
9. Be a Coach – Now that you’ve mastered your delegation skills, don’t leave work early everyday because you know the project’s on a good path. Your team members need you there to be a leader throughout their assigned duties, goals, deadlines, and especially during risk and control processes.
10. Don’t Relapse – Once a project is successfully completed and your delegation skills turned out actually pretty great, don’t relapse back to the old you when the next project lands in your lap. Trust is really key in mastering the process of delegation.
Beyond fine-tuning your delegation skills, remember when the project is complete to give credit where credit is due. The A-Type project manager is used to hogging all the kudos. Now that you’ve learned to delegate, recognize your team.
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