Delegating responsibilities: a must for leaders

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Every leader has both explicit and implicit responsibilities, some of which we have already spoken about.
We have also gone through those habits which every leader must avoid.
In this article, we explore one of leadership’s most important aspects: the ability to delegate tasks and responsibilities.

A good leader must identify when her/his capacity is being surpassed. The fact of delegating work is not a sign of weak leadership. On the contrary, it’s a sign of judgment and it implies the correct operation of a work team.
The fear of exposing one’s position, as well as egocentricity and denial, are the most common factors which lead to accumulating all the work, being this detrimental to the company in the first place.

Delegating tasks is not easy, this is why we herein offer some advice on this.

Going beyond the technical aspect

The person to whom you are entrusting the task must not only comply with technical abilities’ requirements but she/he must also be trustworthy to you. The fact of knowing the person and her/his virtues facilitates the transition process.

Establishing the scope of action

Once you have chosen the person or group to oversee certain task, we suggest you define limits to said task as well as the responsibilities implied and, if you think it convenient, the time for carrying it out. There must be no doubts regarding these aspects so as to avoid confusions and inconveniences on the work flow.

Providing all necessary resources

You should give, to the person to whom you delegate the responsibility, the same resources to which you had access or, if possible, even better resources: information, equipment, contacts and every aspect related to the entrusted task.

Delegating means delegating

It’s important that you understand that, when you entrust a task to another person, you must allow this person to do her/his job. It’s pointless to have a team if you cannot let them work independently. You must ensure you set up regular status meetings but you should leave others to work, it’s not for nothing that you’ve placed your trust in them.

 

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