We’ve all heard the saying, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but I’d like to improve upon this. My new phrase? “Delegation is a girl(boss’) best friend.” And ladies, nothing could be more true.
As #GirlBosses inevitably rise through the ranks of management (go us!), we must learn how to oversee a team. This may seem like a daunting task, but one thing that can ease this burden is learning how to properly delegate work. Just because you are in charge does not mean that you have to do everything alone. In fact, delegating tasks to your team members will actually increase their individual performance as well as further your entire project.
Here are the 5 simple steps to delegate in order to get the results you want, while investing in your team:
1. Pinpoint who is the right person for a specific assignment
Find a task that is challenging and thought-provoking. Then, delegate this task to someone who you think will be passionate and eager to learn. This combination is crucial for success.
2. Make sure expectations are clear
This includes going over necessary steps of completion, how your team member will be evaluated, the time frame they must have this done by, and any other instructions you deem worthy of explanation.
3. Evaluate their work thus far
Has this person done what they have agreed to do? Are they following guidelines? It is important to recognize a job well done, but don’t forget about mentioning areas that need improvement.
4. Periodically check in and give advice
Once the person has gotten the hang of things make sure to check in with them in case they have further questions. If they are doing exceedingly well, tell them! (We are big Words of Affirmation people around here, in case you haven’t noticed.) It will encourage them to continue their hard work. Has their morale declined? Give them some pointers on how to improve and inspire them to keep going.
5. Search for more areas to increase delegation
This will increase the strength of your team and develop each person’s individual expertise. Businessman Timothy Firnstahl said, “Delegating means letting others become the experts and hence the best.” And every #GirlBoss wants the best team out there.
Now it’s time to internalize these tips and delegate away! Not only will your team flourish as a whole, but its individuals will begin to cultivate qualities that will enable them to become great leaders (just like you). Delegation is the key that unlocks uncharted potential.
So the next time someone asks you about a girl’s best friend, tell them that its delegation. (Although, there really is nothing wrong with some diamonds thrown in the mix.)