Leadership Nugget: 5 Checkpoints for Effective Delegation

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”  – John C. Maxwell, best-selling author & speaker

In its most basic form, Delegation is the assigning of a task to someone else. 

Five Checkpoints to Effective Delegation

Checkpoint #1: Identify the correct task to delegate.

Important Rule of Thumb: If someone can complete a task 80% as well as you, consider delegating it to them.

Checkpoint #2: Identify the right person.

         3 types of candidates for delegation

  1. The person who is ready right now.
  2. The person who is almost ready.  They just need a little coaching.
  3. The person who can utilize this task as part of their professional development.

Checkpoint #3: Consider the timing.  

  1. Does the person have the margin to be successful at completing this task?
  2. If you realize the person already has a full plate, what can you take off their plate?

Checkpoint #4: Communicate expectations. 

  1. If possible, connect the task to the bigger vision so they can understand the significance of their involvement.
  2. Communicate the degree of autonomy they will have.
  3. Is there a budget involved?
  4. What is the timeline?
  5. How will success be measured?

“When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.”    – Craig Groeschel, founder of Life Church

Checkpoint #5: Provide feedback when the task is complete.

         3 Reminders Regarding Feedback

  1. It’s specific.
  2. Its’ timely.
  3. It’s genuine.

“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.”       – Andrew Carnegie, American industrialist

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