As leaders, how well do we know our team members? What are their strengths? What challenges them? Where do they want to go from here? What skills do they want to build? What tasks would they rather not do?
Why is it important to know all this, and know it well? Primarily, it’s for our benefit–secondarily, it’s for theirs. As we assign tasks and projects to our team members, this information is critical to success. Here’s why:
- People don’t do what they don’t want to do. A staff will tolerate some grunt work and discomfort, but at the end of the day, they will rarely excel at an activity in which they see no personal benefit.
- To a motivated person, “how” is never an obstacle. When we assign tasks that require the skills people want to cultivate, nothing will stop them from succeeding.
Delegating is successful for us when we set up our delegates to lead with their strengths.
This week, find out what one of your staff or colleagues really wants to do. Then share your workload to help them do it. Earn bonus points if it is work you were procrastinating anyway.