Done well - delegation can free managers to lead and think strategically with a positive impact on productivity and efficiency. It offers a wonderful opportunity for professional growth and the best use of time and resources.
Many managers talk about delegating to their staff but in reality delegation can often have very mixed results.
Managers approach delegation in a wide range of different ways.
There is the:
'It's quicker to do it yourself - at least you know its done properly' style of management.
The 'dump the whole thing and blame them when it goes wrong - I delegated it to you!' version.
'I'm going to delegate but I don't quite trust you so I'll constantly check what you are doing' alternative.
'I've delegated to you but I can't quite let go, so I keep interfering' form of delegation.
'I've dumped it on you with no clear view of what is required, no success criteria, no timescales, foggy budget and often changing goal posts' sort of delegation.
Delegation to someone with inadequate skill base and no training - (delegated to someone with time to spare rather than the right skill set).
Delegation without any autonomy or authority so every decision requires someone higher up the chain to sign everything off.
And so many more.
Is it any wonder why managers have little time for strategic thinking and management and why time is wasted, stress levels grow higher and staff feel demoralized and de-motivated in some organizations.
If you would like to improve the delegation within your own team you will find 'How YOU Can Manage Your Staff More Effectively (And Pave The Way To Your Next Promotion)' sets out the principles of effective delegation in a clear, jargon free way. By following the process you can be sure that delegation will be done in a positive and empowering way freeing managers up to manage more effectively.

Author's Bio: 

Gina Gardiner is one of the UK's leading Leadership Coaches.
Gina supports people at individual or organizational level to develop confidence, leadership and people skills. Gina is the author of two books “Kick Start Your Career” and “How YOU Can Manage Your Staff More Effectively and is also a Neuro Linguistic Master Practitioner and a qualified coach.
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