Over the years, I have learned a few things about delegation. Early on in my career and understanding this leadership development concept, I read an article about delegation. This article really had an impact on the way that I would lead.
This time will arise when you, as leader, come to the realization that you cannot do everything. It is at that point you must learn the art of delegation or those you think you are delegating tasks will feel like you are just dumping something on them. How do I know? Because I have been there and have lived out these principles.
Effective leadership is not just getting rid of a task, assigning it to someone, to get off your todo list, and then calling it delegation. But effective delegation has another layer in the process. It is about trusting someone, instilling in them confidence and the giving them authority needed to accomplish whatever they have been asked to do.
In my years of leadership, I have found these four simple steps helpful in developing leaders to lead and learning the art of delegation. Just think of leadership as influence. John Maxwell says, “The measure of leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”
Who are you influencing?
Whatever the leadership situation that may find yourself in I believe these principles will work. So whether you are manager, CEO, mentor, or coach they apply.
It is simply called “The Four Phases of Ease”
- I do, you watch
- We do together
- You do, I watch
- You do, I do something else