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Delegation: How to empower your team and improve your skills

Leadership is about empowering your team and supporting their success. Delegation is a key part of this process, but it can be difficult to know
how to delegate effectively.
This course is designed to help you build your delegation skills and empower your team members.

What is delegation? 

Delegation is the process of giving someone else responsibility for a task or project and trusting them to complete it. When you delegate effectively, you free up your own time and energy to focus on other tasks. Delegation can also help to develop your team members by giving them new challenges and opportunities to grow. 

Why is delegation important? 

Delegation is a vital leadership skill for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allows you to focus on the tasks that are most important to you and your role. Secondly, it empowers your team members and helps them to develop new skills. Finally, delegation can improve team morale and motivation, as team members feel trusted and valued when they are given responsibility. 

How to delegate effectively

Delegation can be tricky, but there are a few key emotional intelligence skills and techniques that help you do it effectively.

1. Define the task

Make sure you are clear about what needs to be done. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to take the time to think about the task at hand and what needs to be done to complete it. Once you are clear about the task, you can communicate this clearly to your team member. 

2. Assign the task to the right person

It’s important to delegate the task to the right person. This means considering who on your team has the skills and abilities to complete the task successfully. It’s also important to think about who would benefit from the task, and who would be able to take on the new challenge. 

3. Set clear expectations

It’s important to set clear expectations when delegating a task. This means being clear about what you expect to be achieved and by when. It’s also important to give your team member the resources they need to complete the task successfully. 

4. Check in regularly

Once you have delegated the task, it’s important to check in with your team member regularly. This gives you the opportunity to offer support and answer any questions they may have. It also allows you to assess the progress of the task and make sure it is on track.

5. Give authority

When delegating a task or project, you need to give your team member(s) the authority to complete the task or project. This will empower them to get the job done. 

6. Offer feedback

Once the task is completed, it’s important to offer feedback to your team member. This feedback should be both positive and constructive, and it should help your team member to understand what they did well and where they can improve.

One example of a delegation that incorporates all of these elements is to delegate the task of creating a presentation to a team member who is skilled in creating presentations.

You would give the team member clear expectations about what is required, including a timeline for completion. You might discuss in a coaching way who the audience will be and what the outcomes of the presentation should be.

You would ensure the team member has the resources they need to complete the task, such as access to the relevant software, images and all the information needed for the presentation. You would ask the team member to check in regularly and you’d give them leeway to make decisions about the presentation. Importantly, you’d give them feedback after the presentation on the entire process, mostly what they did well and maybe some improvement areas for the future.

Book us to deliver a course on beating delegating and empowering! TrainEQ understands how a delegating and empowering course will help to improve your delegation skills and empower your team members. Contact us today to find out more about how strong delegation and empowering skills can help you or your employees!



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