Have you delegated all your assigned duties to a Direct Report?
“When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.”
– James H. Boren
Delegating is the process of granting or transferring authority from one person (the Delegator) to another (the Delegatee) to do something (the Assignment). This empowers the Delegatee to act independently with appropriate resources to accomplish the assignment. The Delegator remains responsible for the Delegatee’s acts or omissions in carrying out the purpose of the assignment. The Delegator doesn’t have to be a superior. Delegator’s are often peers, friends, your spouse, a vendor or supplier, or a Direct Report.
As a Leader, delegating is critical to your success because you can’t do everything. Develop, nurture, and use others as a resource to act on your behalf. Even though you still remain totally responsible for the overall outcome, delegation allows you to grant sufficient authority needed by a Delegatee to accomplish specific tasks.
What You Must Delegate to Survive
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Sir Winston Churchill
Have you ever struggled trying to determine which of your duties you should delegate and to whom? First of all, you can’t delegate away your responsibilities.
Leaders are responsible for everything that happens
or fails to happen within their unit.
But you can delegate your authority. The only question that remains is WHAT should you delegate and TO WHOM?
Here’s the SECRET:
If you intend to be successful, assign every assigned duty
to a Direct Report as part of their Job Description.
Leaders have two categories of duties: Assigned and Inherent.
Assigned duties are duties stated in the Job Description and can come from the Leader
Inherent duties are generic Leader ONLY duties expected and performed by all Leaders that cannot be reassigned
Since the responsibility for all your duties (both assigned and inherent) still belong to you, delegate each assigned duty to a Direct Report and train them how to perform these duties to standard. This may sound somewhat strange at first. But, if you don’t do this, you’ll quickly become overwhelmed and you’ll lose your flexibility to respond.
The most important Leader ONLY Inherent duties that will consume 90% of your time and energy:
- Traveling and attending meetings you’re required to attend
- Conducting your own internal meetings and following up
- Briefings those you’re required to brief
- Responding to emails, voicemails and other correspondence
- Delegating actions/problems to team members to resolve
- Training members how to successfully complete projects
- Solving problems you must check on and/or resolve
- Extinguishing last minute fires only you can put out
- Conducting interviews, performance reviews, organizing, and building teams
- Checking, inspecting, re-inspecting, visiting, and organizing
- Planning, delegating, setting goals, standards, and priorities
- Supervising, following-up, reprimanding, and promoting
- Counseling, inspiring, motivating, praising, and encouraging
- Consoling, challenging, and coaching
As you consider all these Leader ONLY inherent duties, realize that they’re the most important things you can do. This is why you should delegate all your assigned duties to your Direct Reports.
Since Delegating is so critical to your success as a Leader, this is why we wrote this book.
YOUR GUIDE TO BETTER
Here you’ll learn:
Chapter 2: Important Delegation Concepts
Chapter 3: Phases of the Delegation Process
Chapter 4: Options When Receiving an Assignment
Chapter 5: Negotiating the Details
Chapter 6: Delegating Projects
Chapter 7: What You Must Delegate to Survive
Chapter 8: Tracking all the Moving Parts
Chapter 9: Reasons Projects Fail
Chapter 10: Your Key to Success: Follow up
This is your chance to become a more effective Leader and Follower tomorrow than you are today by enhancing your ability to delegate.
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