The leadership capability that's often undeveloped.
I continue to work helping leaders and their teams and one of the things that comes up repeatedly is delegation. It’s one of those capabilities that's often assumed so when people get more senior, any deficiency in delegation really gets punished! So leaders get overwhelmed and exhausted and certainly suffer with poor work/home balance!
This tip is a general leadership one but two of the leadership styles I discuss are really important for delegation. These are Visionary and Coaching. Visionary gives the context for people to be delegated to effectively, and Coaching is about developing the other and that’s what delegation is really about - helping others to develop by ensuring the work is in the right place, not just offloading work to others!
Here are a few resources I think you will find useful!
"Greatness" by David Marquet
Here the author of a great book - Turn The Ship Around, gives an account of how he turned followers into leaders. Once you get over how ‘American’ his presentation is, this is really a useful video and I really enjoyed the book.
The RACI Matrix
Quite some time ago, a client introduced me to the RACI matrix and it was an incredible eye-opener. It may take time to carry out as an exercise but just as a language set it can be incredibly useful. If you don’t know RACI then I recommend it as a tool. If you do, then please pass this on!
I created a short video on Teachable that explains the RACI matrix.
Is this management skill something you struggle with and you don't really know why? Make this critical skill a comfortable and everyday part of your repertoire. By the end of this course you’ll be using delegation consistently so you (and your team) can be more successful, progressing further and faster with your career.