Management Tip of the Day: The right way to delegate

Thu Dec 9, 2010 6:32am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - A leader who feels the need to dictate every detail of even the simplest task to his direct reports can create demoralizing atmosphere, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Too many leaders believe they are responsible for their organization or unit, and everyone else is there to do their bidding.

This is not only demoralizing to direct reports, but it makes it difficult for the leader to delegate even the simplest tasks without having to dictate every detail of execution.

Give each person in your unit true ownership over their function or area. Instead of telling them what to do, explain what your priorities are for the unit and ask them to develop specific ways they will implement them. Take it a step further and ask them to determine the metrics by which you should judge their success."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "What Not to Spend Your Time On" by Robert C. Pozen and Justin Fox.