There are many challenges to leading and managing, and one of the most difficult is delegating in a way that is effective and ensures success.
We’re hearing from our clients that they’re having an even harder time delegating in this new virtual team environment.
is a challenging skill, one that’s
made more difficult when working virtually.
Leaders and managers are often told by their superiors to “just delegate that,” but when they do, they don’t always get the results they’d hoped for. Frustrated, they tend to give up and take the work back onto their already full plate. This isn’t sustainable in the best of times, and it’s particularly problematic under the current circumstances.
Today we’re going to review our 3-step process that will create more successful results when you delegate to others. You’ll find that these 3 steps are even more important now that many of us are working virtually.
It’s important to remember that the individuals you are delegating to will be most successful when they’re engaged in the process and can influence how it unfolds. Yet often when managers are delegating work, they hand off a task with no context, without sharing what success looks like, and without explaining how they’ll need to work with (or around) others to get the task done.
The ability to delegate is critical to success in work and life. It takes some time and effort to ensure it’s done well; but what you’ll find is that as you delegate effectively to the people in your life, you’ll build a trusting working relationship that will allow you, and them, to be more effective and successful.
This week, as you consider delegating, practice these 3 steps and see what a difference it can make.
And, when things are delegated to you, ask your manager to give you clarity on the 3-C’s—Context, Content, and Connection—so that you can be highly successful in your contributions as well.