The Coates Perspective for February 15, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
The Art Of Strategic Delegation
Leadership comes in two forms: you can do it alone or you can do it together. If you opt to do it alone, then your influence is severely limited. If you do it alone you will quickly reach your potential for organizational growth and grow no more. However, if you are committed to delegating the right projects to the right people everyone will experience success. It takes a mature leader who has a healthy self-image to trust others with a job he can do (This is especially stretching when it’s a job we really love doing).
It was Teddy Roosevelt who once claimed, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
The leader who sees his or her role as an empowering role will accomplish at least two great achievements. First, this leader will help others grow and develop into better team players. Second, this leader will experience the joy of giving themselves away so others may succeed.
Mark Twain once remarked that great things happen when you don’t care who gets the credit. But I believe you can take that a step further. I believe the greatest things happen only when you give others the credit.” The secure leader loves to make others shine!
Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to empower others for success. How is it done? What does a leader have to do in order to empower others? Here are a few suggestions:
1. You’ve got to be secure. Do you believe in yourself or are you threatened by the success of others?
2. You’ve got to be strategic. Do you have a tested plan to empower others for success or are you just shooting from the hip, wishing that something good will stick?
3. You’ve got to be trusting. Do you have the right people around you who can do the assigned duties or, as Jim Collins reminds us, are the right people on the bus, doing the right things?
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? What is your plan for empowering others?
If you need help working through the process consider using the resources at Coates and Associates, Inc. We would consider it an honor to visit with you about developing a process forward.