Engineering Leadership Principle #8: Delegation

Jul 8, 2020 | Leadership | 0 comments

By Mark Guirguis, Account Manager, Brindley Engineering

Letting go of the ‘I have to do it all myself’ mentality and learning to delegate.

Leadership is a term that can mean many things to people. To some, it means being a decision maker. To others, it means coordinating the decisions within a team. To me, leadership at its core means being a coach and helping a team make solid decisions and teaching them to one day be able to lead others too.

For some, the only way to learn is by doing. Leaders need to trust in their team, to give them the tools they need to be able to make their own decisions, and empower them to do so. While the ultimate responsibility falls on the leader, empowering others should always be a priority. One way to do that, is by delegating tasks. For a leader, it can be difficult to relinquish control, but possibly the best way to learn, grow, and build a strong team of future leaders. A well-trained individual will emulate the strengths of their leader. That is powerful.

Delegation strengthens a team in multiple ways. First, it empowers individuals on the team, giving them confidence and purpose in their value. Without delegation, a leader can naturally focus too much on the details and lose sight of the true vision of the team, stunting the potential growth of the team along the way. Delegation also allows a leader to focus on strategy and high-level tactics that increase overall efficiency and output performance of their team.

Delegation greatly improves team engagement giving the team as a whole a feeling that their work contributes to the overall business goals and a feeling of empowerment. A good leader knows each individuals’ strengths and weaknesses, and delegates accordingly. Ultimately that tactic builds teamwork and enables the team to function at its highest level. Delegating the right tasks to the right people is a key principal in leadership. It’s a way to enable the team to work efficiently while leading them to grow into future leaders themselves while also strengthening the group as a whole. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.

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