Delegation Requires Training, Timing, and Trusting

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Delegation is the formal transfer of authority. Many of us know that we do not delegate as often nor as well as we should.  Here are three reasons why, and what to do about them: 


We don’t delegate because

  1. We are too busy to figure out what part of tasks, functions or processes we should delegate. 
  2. We don’t trust others to do a good enough job. 
  3. Our egos get in the way of delegating, because we are insecure about someone else either getting credit or doing something better than we could do it.   

The Three-Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context, lays out the process of Training, Timing and Trusting to overcome these issues to achieve delegation.


Training Achieves Synergy 


Productivity at first declines when you take time to organize and train others, who also must go around a learning curve before they fully are productive. Doing so, however, later achieves synergy and far greater output.  


Timing Builds Experience 


Training should include structured time on the job that delegates experiences that progressively increases one’s responsibilities.  Appropriate feedback builds trust that learning is taking place.


Trusting Is Based on Values  


Training must include values, because they generate behaviors. Values motivate actions.  Once people demonstrate they have your values, you can trust them to handle your processes with appropriate behaviors.   


Delegation Requires Submitting Ego to the Mission 


Great leaders do not have to posture and pretend they are the smartest person in the room, but must be able to ask the right questions of those who are the brightest in their areas, and then empower them to do what is decided upon. Nothing happens unless a leader authorizes and empowers activity.  Are you a leader who can submit ego to the mission to train, time and trust to delegate effectively? 


Earl C. Wallace, author of 

The Three-Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context.

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