Management Tip of the Day: Help the "hero" learn to delegate

Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:36am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Under pressure to perform, rookie managers often try to be the hero and do all the work themselves. This not only causes burn-out, but can make their neglected team disengage. Here are three tips for teaching a newbie leader how to push work down:

1. Emphasize the importance of delegation. Explain to your new manager that developing staff is as important as financial results. Giving others work is essential to his engagement and advancement.

2. Think small. Help him to break up complex projects into manageable chunks. Ask him to think about which tasks will play to his employee's strengths.

3. Lead by example. Trust and empower your rookie and he'll do the same with his team."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People, one of six HBR article collections in the popular 10 Must Reads series.

 
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