The Importance of Delegation
One of the most important lessons a student leader can learn is that the word leader does not mean you do everything. Communicating your vision to others and empowering other club officers and members to take an active role within the organization is important. Empowerment can only come if you effectively delegate projects and responsibilities to others. When delegating make sure the person you are giving responsibility to knows exactly what is expected and has the interests and skills to successfully complete the task. Delegation is giving others the authority to act on your behalf, accompanied with responsibility and accountability for results. Three basic but major skills needed to be an effective delegator are: 1. Trust – You must believe in the people you delegate to. 2. Honesty - You must be honest with them in what your expectations are. 3. Communication – You must clearly articulate what you need done. These skills are not easy but they can be developed. As you learn to trust others, to be honest with them and yourself, and to communicate your needs, you can move on to the actual process of delegating projects and tasks to your peers. This process involves assessing, assigning, availing and affirming. As you go through the process, there are six steps you can follow to be successful. There also a few roadblocks to delegation and some reasons why people resist being delegated to. Once you learn to recognize the roadblocks in yourself and in others, you can start developing into an expert delegator.
4 Parts of Delegating
There are four areas to delegating. These areas are listed below with some questions you should ask yourself before delegating. The more organized you are when delegating a task to someone, the higher the likelihood of that person carrying out what you want successfully. Assess
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What tasks am I currently responsible for? What tasks should I delegate? (see below to assess) Who is the most effective...