Individuals that lead differently understand the responsibility that leaders have for developing their people. Delegation can be a powerful development tool. Done well, it garners positive results. It frees up the leader for more strategic pursuits and contributes to the organization’s leadership pipeline.
Developmental delegation does, however, require thoughtful planning. The leader must slow down long enough to assess what’s going on around him/her; identify the true leadership priorities, and then determine the projects and tasks that will foster professional growth in performance and thinking.
Delegation should always be paired with clear expectations, goal alignment, and supportive coaching. In the absence of these ingredients, it is not delegation, it is simply dumping. Taking the time to identify strategic priorities and thoughtfully delegating to your people is a winning formula for you, your team, and the organization.