To be an effective team leader, learn to delegate
The good news is that you have been promoted to management! You are now the leader for a talented team of tech professionals. But you are likely to soon find that the work ethic that earned you the promotion -your technical skills, razor-sharp focus and persistence until the job is done- are not a lot of help in managing a team. In fact, those qualities are a detriment to leading a team effectively. Instead, you must learn the art of delegating.
As Jesse Sostrin, Global Head of People Leadership Development at Salesforce, noted in a Harvard Business Review article, you must learn to embrace the leadership paradox: to be more essential, and less involved. You are essential because you are the one who communicates the significance of your project in such a way that your team is inspired and empowered to contribute their best work. You are less involved because any tendency to hold on to a project or to lead simply by dictating orders will backfire.
What if you weren't there?
Have a clear strategy of how to engage and delegate
1. Start with your big picture
2. Inspire commitment
3. Engage at the right level
4. Practice saying “yes,” “yes but,” and “no.”
How to improve your delegating skills.
In making this transition to leadership, simple “on-the-job” training is not an efficient way to learn. A better way to learn the skills of delegating and goal setting is to start with an interactive webinar, like Silicon Valley’s Effective Training Associates’ “Delegating, Goal Setting, and Engagement” webinar, which helps you identify and communicate project goals and better engage with individuals and your team.
Contact Effective Training Associates (ETA) to learn more about delegating and other essential skills of project and people management.
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