Delegate is a four-letter word for many managers. Here’s one way to ensure you don’t become one of them.
Because the word delegate literally means “to appoint as one’s representative,” it’s easy to see why some bosses aren’t too keen on the whole process.
But there’s a way to smoothly transition into full-out delegating your important responsibilities — according to leadership expert Wally Bock.
If a staffer isn’t quite ready to take over your less-pressing tasks, Bock suggests a “Discuss and Allow” method for assigning work. With this tactic, the manager will go over ins and outs of what needs to be done before ultimately leaving it up to the employee to finish the job — in whatever way he or she sees fit.
After assigning work in this manner for some time, a manager should know when it’s time to simply delegate as he or she sees fit.
Bock mentions other managerial styles of assigning tasks in greater detail here.