Delegation as a Leadership Style
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.
As a supervisor, manager or team leader, you make daily decisions about the appropriate leadership style to employ in each work situation.
Leadership Style Tips
- Whenever possible, when delegating work, give the person a whole task to do. (If you can’t give the employee a whole task, make sure that they understand the overall purpose of the project or task that the task you assign them is part of.
- Employees are more effective performers when they feel part of something that is bigger than themselves.
- People who know the goals, the expectations and the outcomes expected make better decisions about their own work because they have a context within which they are making decisions.
- Make sure the staff personunderstands exactly what you want them to do. Ask questions, watch the work performed or have the employee give you feedback to make sure that your instructions were understood.
- If you have a picture of what a successful outcome or output will look like, share your picture with the staff person.
- Identify the key points of the project or dateswhen you want feedback about progress.
- Identify the measurements or the outcome you will use to determine that the project was successfully completed
- Determine, in advance, how you will thank and reward the staff person for their successful completion of the task or project you delegated.
“These tips for successful delegation of authority will help you help your reporting staff members succeed when they are most empowered. And, when they succeed, you succeed” says Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.