A great conductor carries his players with him
Delegating responsibility has multiple benefits. For a leader who has a vision of carrying his/her team forward collectively, suitable work delegation is an important aspect of goal setting for a manager and for the team. As easy as it may sound, passing work forward is not easy and has to be handled with ample delicacy. A continuous commitment to delegate tasks with your team raises the competence level within the team. There are many reasons why work should be essentially shared within a team.
- It is vital for effective leadership: In a business that thrives, the team leader needs to be able to develop skills of employees in his team so that progression takes place with the people within the organization. A stalwart manager will take it upon himself to train suitable team members for rightful succession eventually. This supports employee retention and reduces dependency on hiring a new lot which can eventually affect bottom line in the long run.
- Saved time is melody to the ears: A manager or leader cannot spend all his time handling the nitty gritty of every task to be conducted. Goals are created for collaborative progression in a business. Taking control of each job to be completed with utmost quality by the manager is time consuming and allows for a skewed growth and fast burnout as well. By delegating, the manager can conserve his resources for other valuable growth and profit aspects.
- It amps up team morale: Yup! To know one is recognized and trusted to execute allotted work boosts up individual confidence. It gives the team member an impetus to feel aligned with the task, take ownership of delivery, and the pride and joy of responsibility which is “entrusted”. This confidence from superiors takes the employees’ faith in themselves; team and the business vision a notch higher each time. There is no better nurtured employee than the one who feels comfortable and motivated in a collaborative environment. The company can safely envisage innovation by allowing independence and placing trust in their workers by giving them the freedom to own their work, with guidance reassured on the side.
- As clear as the bell: Tasks need to be planned and discussed and delegated effectively, with a detailed brief and deadline in place. Clear communication is the fertile earth wherein the seeds of collaboration actually sprout. For this to happen, the manager or leader needs to have a pruned outline of tasks at hand, deliverable dates, along with requirements, inputs and guidelines wherever necessary. A written brief is the precursor to beneficial outputs. Lack of clarity entails a back and forth of dialogues, which can set the wrong tone after sometime. Physical data in lieu of verbal commitment becomes a point of reference, support and guidance which can cut down on time and chatter regarding the work assigned. This way, results arrive faster and well within the hour.
- Innovation is born: When a manager assigns work with nested confidence in his team, he gives a green signal for ideas to be born. The employee who has earned his manager’s trust is loaded with self confidence. If you combine this flexibility with space and scope, then it’s easy to incite a positive and loyal emotion in your team or a certain member. An attitude of sharing and alliance will certainly create a birthing ground for concepts and innovation which are out-of-the box and can spring new segments for a business.
Leading The Harmony
It is however, very important to delegate smartly and cogently. A successful business manager needs to keep essential facts under his own control. By judicious selection and mapping, he can place members of his team strategically into his projected work plan. He must know his team and their strengths and weaknesses well. He must allow a certain time period to assess the independent performance of his team members and have the ability to derive the best out of each one, alongside nurturing their skills and abilities. A person’s efficiency is best developed by allowing them to feel responsibility with a clear understanding of goals. A good manager must equip team members with necessary information, pertinent to their work, and encourage them to discuss any obstacles fearlessly. The workload must be gradually built up into the system, so the worker too has time to gauge and anticipate his drawbacks and work upon them. Ultimately, for a human being, it’s all about feeling validated and valued. And since employees spend a chunk of their time in their workplace, this endorsement reaps very high benefits. New opportunities act as stimulants towards better accomplishments. The employee feels nurtured, creates a happy atmosphere around him and inspires others with his work ethic and productivity. In essence, for uninterrupted growth and innovation to flow efficaciously for a business, the foundation is laid with appropriate work delegation and keeping the team spirit together because of it.
A quote by Blaine Lee emphasizes the role of a thriving and triumphant business manager,
“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”