Understand the art of SMART delegation

Sunday, September 12, 2010 5:05
Posted in category David Wee, Success Tips

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The ability to be clear on delegation is a sign of good management. Managers delegate work not to just relieve their workload, but to allow the employees they supervise to grow professionally. Effective delegation is a two-way discussion and understanding. Be clear about the delegated task, give employee(s) an opportunity to ask questions, monitor progress and offer assistance as needed. Servant leaders have a deep sense of empathy and acceptance of each person. Use effective delegation to benefit both yourself and the person to whom you delegate.

The purpose of delegation
By delegating, you free yourself to run your business and see the big picture. Moreover,
1. You develop your employees and make them more valuable.
2. You spread accountability to encourage a stronger, more resilient team.
3. You can respond faster to changes in your business when you can rely on nimble
employees to take charge.

Good delegation saves you time, develops your people, grooms a successor, and motivates. Poor delegation will cause you frustration, demotivates, confuses the other person, and fails to achieve the task or purpose itself.

Delegation is perhaps the single most difficult skill for new managers to develop. Proper delegation offers the manager the opportunity to grow and develop individuals who can then be recognized as future leaders of the organization.

Delegating is nothing but “Internal Outsourcing”
The main purpose of delegating is “Time Management” , so that you can concentrate on big, main assignments, assignments that absolutely need your attention. But what you can or must delegate is an important question.

The opinion that “one shall not delegate what they themselves cannot do” means you can delegate only those things/ assignments which you yourself are comfortable in doing.

A simple delegation rule is the acronym SMART. It’s a quick checklist for proper delegation.
Delegated tasks must be:

Specific
Measurable
Agreed
Realistic
Time bound

- David Wee

David Wee is the Founder & CEO of Asia Asia Speakers Bureau (ASB) and DW Associates Pte Ltd, a company empowering creativity and knowledge.

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One Response to “Understand the art of SMART delegation”

  1. Mastering the art of delegation as servant leaders do | Success Mantras- Success Tips says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 5:30 am

    [...] the first part of this article, David Wee talked about the importance of understanding SMART delegation and why it is an important aspect of good management. In this piece, he gives tips and advice on [...]

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