Managing yourself creatively
Delegate as Training
As you delegate more and more of your work, you will begin to spot those employees who appear to have what it takes to eventually assume permanent jobs of increased responsibility.
Although the delegation of work is usually viewed simply as a means of sharing the executive burden with subordinates, it can serve another, even more important, function: the training of such people for bigger and better things. When you have identified a man with unmistakable potential, delegate to him the following types of duties:
Give him plenty of exercise to overcome his weakness. (It’s assumed that aside from this weakness he fully deserves your confidence.) Watch his progress from a distance, if possible, so that he will not be too nervous about your supervision.
Statistics have shown that variety in the details makes the whole job more palatable. Give him duties to test his versatility and add interest to his job, but be careful not to overpass. Too many and too diverse details will overburden him and may kill his interest altogether.
Let him realize that he has been spotted as a “comer.”
Nothing will improve a worker’s efficiency so much as the knowledge that he is moving steadily toward better things. Let your subordinate understand not only what he is to do, but also why he is doing it.
Make each hurdle a little higher than the last. This will lead him to success after success, until he is ready for promotion.
Don’t forget to show confidence in your delegate. Most of us tend to live up to what others expect of us. Show your subordinate that you do not doubt his capabilities and he will move heaven and earth not to let you down. In the process, he will discover new strengths that even he didn’t know he possessed.