Article submitted by Herb Kimble.
There’s only so much that one person can do before burnout kicks in. Leadership sometimes feels like you’ve been asked to maintain all fronts at once with zero room for compromise, but often you’re expected to delegate effectively. You are in charge of the project, and its resources, and you need to learn how to overcome the obstacles before you.
Delegation is an open secret in business, but few do it effectively. It means learning how to recognize talent and motivate for success. Here are a few ways to walk this tricky line.
Consider Your Level of Engagement
Being a great leader means putting yourself somewhere between essential and micromanaging. You don’t want to direct the outcome too much, rather focus your instruction so employees deliver on your vision. Be available not a stop gap, but maintain eyes and hands on the project where and how it’s most appropriate for you to do so.
The key word here is guidance. Be someone who allows for failure and corrective action, but maintains the course and holds firm on your vision.
Yes and No
Learn when to say no, but saying “yes” is just as important. When you say “yes”, you’re shouldering risk that the intended outcome will be what you envisioned. You say yes when you’ve thoughtfully considered your decisions and figured out how best to bring a high value contribution through delegation.
Say no for the instances that don’t fit this ideology. Meetings are a good example. Someone who doesn’t understand the word “no” wastes countless hours in meetings he or she doesn’t need to attend. Those who understand the power of no understand how to value their time and
Bio: Herb Kimble is both an entrepreneur and a film and television producer. His roots as an accomplished actor gave him a passion for the arts. Today, Herb Kimble is co-founder of CineFocus Productions and launching Urban Flix, an inclusive streaming company based in Los Angeles.