How to Delegate Effectively
Effective delegation is a core competency for leaders: Managers who feel like they spend all their time going from one crisis to the next are probably failing to delegate effectively. When we mainly focus on the fires in our inboxes, we are not leading, we are reacting. Delegation requires trusting your staff and investing the time necessary to ensure they have the tools, guidance and skills needed to accomplish the task. Giving your staff members enough authority to move them out of their comfort zone helps them build their skills and increases their capacity to take on even greater responsibility. That, in turn, frees up the supervisor to focus more time on high-value issues such as planning, professional development for the team, and strategic thinking.
- Delegation and Time Management: Why Managers Must Learn to Delegate Effectively in Order to Lead, by Don Jacobson
- Resisting the Sirens of Micromanagement, by Bob Behn
Entertaining column by Bob Behn about why executives need to get over the need to prove they are the smartest person in the room.
- EPIC: The Science and Art of Delegating
Superb overview of how to delegate tasks to employees in a way that is appropriate for the skills while helping them grow.
The One Minute Manager Meets the MonkeyDo you work harder than your staff? Do many of the tasks you delegate go unfinished? If so, then this book is for you. Based on William Oncken's classic article from The Harvard Business Review, "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?," The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey provides a very clear model for delegating tasks that helps ensure that the task is understood and increase the likelihood that it will be completed.