If You Want it Done Right, Don’t Do it Yourself: A Leader’s Guide to Delegating


Effective delegation is a crucial skill for any leader. Delegating tasks to your team members not only helps in better time management but also helps in developing the skills of your team members.

However, many leaders feel hesitant to delegate work as they fear that the quality of work might not meet their expectations. (How many times have you heard the expression, “If you want it done right, do it yourself”?)

But the truth is, getting the work quality you want may have more to do with how you delegate the work, and less to do with the inadequacy of your staff. In this blog post, we will discuss how to delegate effectively as a leader and get quality work from your team every time.

1) Choose the Right Person for the Job

The first step in effective delegation is to choose the right person for the job. When assigning a task, make sure that the person you are delegating to has the skills and knowledge required to perform the task successfully. Also, consider the workload of each team member and choose someone who has enough time to take on additional responsibilities.

2) Set Clear Expectations

Once you have identified the person for the job, set clear expectations for the task. Discuss the expected outcomes, deadlines, and quality standards with the team member. Explain why the task is important, what the goals are, and how it fits into the bigger picture. This will help the team member understand the context of the task and the impact it will have on the overall project.

3) Provide Resources and Support

It is essential to provide the necessary resources and support to the team member while delegating tasks. This may include access to tools, training, and mentoring. Ensure that the team member has all the information and resources they need to complete the task successfully. Be available for any questions or concerns they may have and provide feedback regularly.

4) Monitor Progress

Monitoring the progress of the delegated task is important to ensure that the task is on track and the quality standards are being met. Set up regular check-ins with the team member to track progress and provide support if required. This will also help you identify any potential issues early on and take corrective action if necessary.

5) Recognize and Reward

Recognizing and rewarding the team member for their efforts and achievements is an important part of effective delegation. Celebrate their successes, acknowledge their contributions, and provide constructive feedback for improvement. This will not only motivate the team member but also encourage them to take on more responsibilities in the future.

Delegation is an essential leadership skill that requires trust, communication, and support. Ensuring you get high quality work from your team isn’t just about hiring the right people. How you lead your team throughout the delegation process speaks to your skills as a leader.

Delivering high quality work is a sign of a great contributor, but effective leadership is about getting high quality work done through others. So if your team is consistently delivering work that doesn’t meet your expectations, it may be a sign to hone your own leadership skills.

LaToya Jordan, Leadership Coach

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