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To get into and remain in a leadership position, most people have learned to delegate.
However, some people still delegate reluctantly, only delegating when they know they can’t do it all themselves. Ideally, leaders should look at ways to delegate more, and to delegate more effectively.
Start with the mindset that “anything someone else CAN do, someone else SHOULD do.” Free up your time for the things only you can do.
Delegate to grow and empower your team members. Consider the professional growth each person wants, and delegate tasks that will build their competencies and experiences to prepare them for promotion.
Don’t micromanage—let people come up with their own methods. However, establish the parameters that make the work product “right” (e.g., it needs to include X, Y, and Z, and it needs to dovetail with the other aspects of the project, etc.). Consider having people develop their action plan and then run it by you before they start the work. Don’t delegate and abandon—schedule regular check-ins at set times and/or when they reach milestones.
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