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Don't be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it. - Donald Rumsfeld
In leadership, there are times that you will need to delegate authority and responsibility. In this process you're not only empowering those beneath you, but also clearing your workflow for more high level decisions.
This delegation process involves the need to identify, in granular, concise terms the objectives, your expectations, and deadlines.
As I work with others, I demand and clarify these elements to make sure that I am a success. As I work and lead others, I will:
- Provide more explicit expectations
- List the steps necessary to live up to those expectations
- Set deadlines for these goals to be met
- Add in feedback loop for people to indicate progress, or when they have questions they cannot solve