Successful delegation means much more than passing along work to your employees and hoping for the best. It requires good communication and managerial skills, which must be developed and practiced. Audit yourskills by answering yes or no to the following 10 statements:
- When I assign a task or project to my employees, I expect them to do it with minimum input from me.
- The only person I can really trust to get a job done right is myself.
- It's important for a manager to know all details of what's happening in his department.
- I have very few subordinates who I usually count on to get results.
- My staff knows what needs to be done without any direction from me.
- Most employees don't really care how their jobs fit into the "big picture."
- A key part of every manager's job is to tell employees the best way to do their jobs.
- My employees don't need me to set deadlines.
- Employees who make dumb mistakes should be punished for them.
- If an employee can't handle an assigned task, it's best to take it back and do it myself.
Note: If you've answered "Yes" to three or more questions, you need to find the balance of confidence, communication and control necessary to delegate more successfully.