When you hear the word delegation what do you think of? Many of us may have a negative thought of a boss or co-worker who pass along tasks and projects that they don’t want to do, right? When done correctly, delegation can be a positive thing and involve a manager expanding the skillset and growth of their employee.

Delegation involves five things: training and development of staff, direction and follow-up of assignments, analysis of performance problems, coaching to overcome these problems and formal evaluations of performance. Knowing how to thank or reward the person for taking on that task is important also.

In the CLP course Delegating for Growth, you will learn how delegation can make you more successful as a leader and your staff more empowered. You will learn to identify different ways of delegating tasks, use of an eight-step process of effective delegation, how to give good instructions for positive results and how to monitor those results. Delegation can improve efficiency within a team when it allows work to be transferred to people whose skills are a better match for the task or project. As a leader, this can give you the time needed for planning and strategizing the next steps for your team.

The next time you delegate at work or in your local association, think of how the assignment will impact the person taking on the project. Do they have a better skillset than you so the task can be completed accurately and ahead of schedule? Is this a learning opportunity for someone who wants to gain additional skills and take on more responsibility? Leaders who foster staff involvement and empowerment can build self-confidence in their team; and people who feel successful usually are successful. So it’s a win-win situation for the leader, staff member and entire team.

To learn more about the Delegating for Growth course or any of the CLP courses, check out the Certified Leadership Program.

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