Leadership through Balanced Delegation
How does my boss expect me to complete this assignment when I have been granted no authority to spend the necessary funds and/or acquire the resources to do so?
Unfortunately, this is the conundrum that many employees find themselves in when a project or task has been delegated to them. More often than not, stress, frustration and a poor attitude are created.
As a leader in your organization, getting results through other people is one of your primary responsibilities. Keeping a motivated, high performing team that generates intended results is an essential ingredient for success – both the organization’s and yours!
Here’s a simple formula that will help ensure success in your organization:
Responsibility + Accountability + Authority = Motivated Employees
Simply stated, all of us have assigned responsibilities that come along with our jobs. Accountability for the results we deliver is also part of the “deal”. Adding the commensurate amount of authority or power over the required resources (e.g., people, equipment, supplies, etc.) is the “silver bullet” or “magic ingredient” that is often times missing.
If it is not feasible to grant the employee the necessary level of authority to meet the expectations associated with the delegated assignment, be clear with him/her as to the boundaries or limits and the process they should use when additional resources are required.
You may even want to provide your employee with an added incentive if they are able to meet or exceed your expectations while keeping expenditures below a specified dollar amount.