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KNOWING WHEN TO DELEGATE
August 20, 2018
When individual contributors move into management, or even lead an ad hoc team or task force, it can be difficult to transition from thinking every task is one you have to complete yourself, to realizing that empowering other team members will be key to your success.
Delegation is a critical skill for career advancement and goes well beyond simply assigning work to others. Well thought-out delegation can free you to focus on higher-level tasks, areas you are best suited to, or items on the critical path. The most effective delegation also allows you to develop greater trust in a coworker or direct report and enables that individual to shine in a new light.
Some folks are poor delegators because they have difficulty relinquishing control or accepting alternative ways of accomplishing something. But often, the real issue is lack of organization. To delegate effectively, you need adequate systems and structure that make the work clear to others. Ask yourself these questions before assigning tasks to others:
Being in a position to delegate is a great opportunity. To make the most of it, make sure you organize the work, resources and expectations before sharing the load.
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