Managing yourself creatively
Delegate to the Right People
One of the finest of executive skills is the art of selecting the right men for the right jobs.
Here is a simple formula that will help screen your men carefully, study them at work, test them with problems, and encourage their independent thinking.
Sound simple? It is,. But it takes time and some detective work. Here are some clues to look for before you decide to whom you will relinquish part of your authority.
DOES HE WANT MORE RESPONSIBILITY?
If 75 percent of your subordinates want new duties, 25 percent do not. You will all be better off if you identify them at the outset. With a particular individual in mind, ask yourself; Does he show initiative in his present job? Does he look for ways to boost efficiency and cut costs? Does he rise to challenges? Is he interested in how departments other than his own operate? Is he self-confident? Your answers will tell you whether or not the will to assume additional responsibilities is there.
If he does, he has the capacity to grasp a problem and, through creative thinking, to solve it. When you talk with him, he is alert to your every word and asks questions indicating he is thinking beyond your immediate subject to related ways of solving the problem at hand and its possible ramifications.
The man who can discipline himself can discipline others. Such a man seldom shrinks away from the hard job or dawdles over the easy one. Rather, he tackles both with equal zest.
That is, does he plan his workweek in general and his work day in particular? Does he keep on top of his job? If he doesn’t, he is certainly not ready for additional duties.
An important quality for those who are to hold responsibility and authority is leadership. Don’t theorize over this characteristic. Instead, give the man under consideration a specific task, in which he will function with all your authority and responsibility. This task should be specific and brief; for example, the rearrangement of furniture in an office, the organization of an employee safety committee, a survey of employee morale. The more specific the task, the better your chance of sizing up his true potential.
Contributing to the quality of leadership is the quiet sense of being in command that comes from a thorough knowledge of his specialty; enthusiasm springing from sound health and emotional stability; the ability to organize, plan and make decisions; and a full desire to go out of his way to help meet the situation at hand.
This confidence which he inspires is made complete by his easy expression and use of the English language. He speaks forcefully, with a pleasant voice and manner and with a range of vocabulary that enables him to convey his ideas clearly.
With changing needs taking place almost daily in every growing organization, it is essential that a man placed on his own have the necessary flexibility of thought and reaction to respond to new and shifting situations.
Capping these qualities is the ability to work smoothly with everyone in order to get the results he is seeking on your behalf. For in the final analysis, your delegate, like yourself, must be able to get results by working with an through people. This is one of your best indicators that you have found the right man for the job you want done.