Why Aren't You Delegating
July 26, 2012 article from HBR.org by Amy Gallo It's easier just to do it myself. Wrong! What if "they" don't do it the way I do it? Wrong, again! I'm too busy to delegate. Wrong, wrong, again! “Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask the right questions so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off,” says Jeffrey Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and author of What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management. This Harvard Business Review article explores many key points in the art and science of delegating to include: Watching for warning signs Understanding why you are not delegating Understanding how you approach your work day Integrating delegation into your work day Soliciting feedback from your subordinates when you're not delegaging Avoiding micromanagement when you do delegate Learning from your delegating experience The article concludes with important principles to remember and two short case studies. Improved performance by you and your team by using effective delegation.