Successful delegation of authority

As a supervisor, manager or team leader, you make daily decisions about the appropriate leadership style to employ in each work situation. You want to foster employee involvement and employee empowerment to enable your team members to contribute their best effort at work. Your leadership style is situational. Your leadership style depends on the task, the team or individual's capabilities and knowledge, the time and tools available and the results desired. For successful delegation of authority, help your reporting staff members succeed when they are most empowered.

Make sure the staff person understands exactly what you want them to do. Ask questions, watch the work performed or have the employee give you feedback to make sure your instructions were understood.

Whenever possible, when delegating work, give the person a whole task to do and make sure they understand the overall purpose of the project or task.

Identify the key points of the project or dates when you want feedback about progress. This is the critical path that provides you with the feedback you need which will avoid your micromanaging. This also provides you with the opportunity to influence the project's direction and the team or individual's decisions.

Identify the measurements or the outcome you will use to determine that the project was successfully completed and share your vision of the completed project with your employee.

Determine, in advance, how you will thank and reward the staff person for their successful completion of the task or project you delegated.

It's worth the time and energy to help employees succeed, develop and meet your expectations. You build the employee's self-confidence and people who feel successful usually are successful. Successful delegation of authority as a leadership style takes time and energy, but it's worth the time and energy to help employee involvement and employee empowerment succeed as a leadership style

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