Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski


 

Effective Delegation vs. Dumping or Micro-management

A critical part of good leadership is proper delegation. Many managers still micromanage or dump. By dumping I mean they tell an employee what to do without giving clear instructions or monitoring progress. Then managers are frustrated when the employee did not accomplish the intended result. Micro-managers are the opposite. They stifle morale and creativity when they are constantly on top of their employees about all the details.

 

As a perfectionist, I struggle with being a micro-manager. But I must recognize this and allow others creativity and to learn from their mistakes. Often it is more effective for an employee to see why they failed to achieve a desired result than to be told about it. Then they are more open to understanding your instructions and are more respectful.

 

Proper delegation is giving clear instructions up front, monitoring progress and inspecting the result before it's too late.

 

Developing talent and character qualities in employees so they can handle the responsibilities you give them is a separate topic. Future issues will provide you with more details to help you reach the next level of leadership success.

 

You may want to print this and discuss it at your next leadership team meeting.


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