I have been working with a team, who are highly engaged, brimming with ideas, but are frustrated by the lack of opportunities given to them to develop their ideas and career. They pointed to their Leader as being the key reason for this.
It made me look back at my own career and consider the most effective Leaders that I have worked with and for. It was those that took time to consider which aspects of their role could be delegated and had thought through the projects that would develop me the most. Some of which, quite simply took me out of my comfort zone.
The key with these Leaders, was that they saw delegation as not simply passing the responsibility for a task or project to someone else with little or no guidance as to how they should set about achieving a successful conclusion. They set about delegating to me with clear thought process, structured guidelines, and regularly checked in with me to see how I was doing.
They were fearless in their delegation, never abdicating responsibility, but recognising that good performance in the task reflected well on both of us.
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Author Kate Mutter-Bowen