One of the attributes of any really good leader (or manager) is the art of delegation. I genuinely believe delegation is an art.
Let's be honest, most of us struggle with delegation. I will admit that during my corporate career in healthcare I was not always good at it. I used to think I was better than many of my peers at delegation but I recognise now that too often I didn’t really ‘let go’
We ‘half hold on’ to the job and that’s clearly not real delegation. It is not fair to the leader or the follower.
Before I became self employed the bosses I enjoyed working for most were those who just ‘left me alone’ to get on with my job and did not ‘interfere.’
‘Interference’ should not be confused with ‘support.’
Those best bosses somehow managed to create a relationship that implicitly said;
‘I’m here if you need me but otherwise I trust you entirely to just get on with the job.’
All employees are different of course and some may not like to be ‘left alone’ by their boss. Some employees like re-assurance and regular contact with the boss. That is fine and my style is not one that I would suggest is universal.
I’ve always taken the view that I have been selected by my boss to do a job and there will be a fair expectation that I am capable of getting on with the job. The boss will have no need to worry that I will constantly check out whether I am doing OK.
I see the relationship between leader and follower as 'an understanding' something on these lines:
A good boss:
*Will not tell me what to do
*Will not be breathing down my neck
*Will not be constantly checking my progress
*Will ‘be there’ when I need support
A good follower:
*Will ask when needing help
*Will not constantly ask permission of the boss
*Will tell the leader only what he/she needs to know
*Will be loyal to the leader ‘in public’ but challenge the leader privately
Are you a good delegator?