As a leader, you’ve probably heard many times over that you can gain back more time, control, and empowerment if you would simply delegate. But if delegation is not implemented effectively and efficiently, it can cost you a great deal of time—and leave you and your team feeling unempowered.
The importance of delegation in the workplace
One of the most challenging transitions for leaders is making the shift from doing to leading. As a new manager, colleagues admire your willingness to dig into the workload and give it your all when executing tactical assignments.
However, as your responsibilities pile on, the difference between an effective leader and a high-performing individual with a leadership title becomes painfully clear—this is where delegation comes in. To be an effective delegator, you must:
- Communicate your reasons for delegating
- Build trust and inspire employee commitment
- Coordinate and engage at the right level
The level of empowerment your employees feel is a direct result of how well you delegate. When done correctly, delegating will strengthen your team’s decision-making abilities, skill sets, and ultimately, their productivity. High levels of trust, communication, and coordination are key to effective delegation. The result is a win-win—for your team and your business.
The effect of employee empowerment
Empowered employees are committed, loyal, and generally more productive. When they have the tools and resources to successfully complete their projects, drive their career, and work toward their goals, the effects of employee empowerment are plentiful. Among many other things, empowered employees:
- Provide better customer service
- Have good communication
- Go the extra mile
- Have a “can-do” attitude
- Follow best practices
Since effective delegation is at the forefront of employee empowerment, it is likely one of the most important skills for those in leadership positions to have.
Improve productivity through effective delegation
On March 23, learn how to Improve Your Team’s Productivity Through Effective Delegation. DB Latimore Professional Service Group’s special leadership lab is aimed to teach leaders, supervisors, and HR practitioners best practices for implementing delegation and performance management so you and your team can achieve maximum results.
Facilitated by esteemed time management fixer, Helene Segura, this lab will deliver thought-provoking, yet entertaining time management notes designed to teach you powerful strategies and tactics you need to slay lost time. She will also help participants learn how to:
- Determine what to delegate and to whom
- Examine options for how to delegate
- Discover how to support delegation
About our leadership labs
At DB Latimore Professional Services Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to couple context, capabilities, and coaching to create and develop transferable and actionable leadership competencies to create highly effective leaders.
Each lab in this year’s Leadership Development series offers participants the following experience:
- A Leadership Assessment before attending the virtual lab
- A one-on-one personal Assessment Debrief before attending the virtual lab
- A 2-hour virtual Development Lab which includes:
- A small-group breakout session
- A 1-hour virtual sustainability session and action plan 30 days following the lab
- Access to the Leadership Assessment, lab recording, and assignments
Check out our upcoming Leadership Labs to stay on top of the most relevant leadership skills in the workplace today.
These labs have been approved for HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).