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I watched the final episode of "The Apprentice" last week. I admit that I've become intrigued with how Donald Trump leads the contestants vying for a coveted position in his company. In the last episode, two young men each lead a team to oversee a major fundraising event. At the end of the night, the final decision of who would be hired boiled down to the success (or in this case the failure) of one key issue leadership skill...delegation.
Each team leader had to delegate to his team members a variety of tasks and responsibilities necessary for the success of the fundraiser. It was painful to watch as one person nearly sabotaged her team's project due to her irresponsibility and inattention to detail. While this wasn't the fault of Kwame, the losing team's leader, he neither held her sufficiently accountable, removed her from the position, nor just plain fired her to protect the integrity of the project. In the end, it cost him the job.
If Kwame, the losing team leader, had followed some of the principles of good project delegation, perhaps his career would be taking a different turn today. Could your sanity, your personal life, or even your business be at risk because you are an ineffective delegator? Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered "yes" to one or more of the above questions, you probably need help with delegating. Delegating, as a leadership tool, is the act of assigning and entrusting assignments and responsibilities to others. It isn't about giving people tasks--the simple and short-term items of work to be done. Delegating is about having staff take on juicy or meaningful work--projects, duties, and other important assignments. Delegating can benefit both workers and managers alike when you delegate the right tasks to the right people in the right way.
For Trade Secrets Members we've provided some tips for successful delegating, as well as additional up- and downsides of delegating.