Lift Your Leadership
Top 10 tips
3. Delegate to Team Members
There are many leaders who diminish their potential
by hoarding tasks and duties because they’re afraid
of what others will think if they ‘can’t do it all.’ This is
a misconception that can lead to burnout, and even
worse, cause your peers and teammates to lose their
trust, respect, and loyalty to you as a leader.
Great leaders are also great delegators. If you are not
sure what you can delegate, here’s a general process
for you to consider:
●● Make a list of your specific tasks and duties
●● Put your name next to the ones that you absolutely
must do yourself. For example: Signing checks,
attending executive meetings, and certain
high-level approvals are not tasks and duties you
●● For the tasks that are left, think of people on your
team and their specific skillsets. If they are capable
of doing a task at least 80% as well as you – then
delegate that task.
●● Empower your team with delegated tasks and
duties while also allowing them autonomy needed
(meaning – don’t micro-manage them). Be sure
to also give them the authority necessary to ask
questions and get help if needed. People will
surprise you with their skills and abilities when
given the trust in an opportunity.
4. Admit When You’re Wrong
Everyone makes mistakes and leaders are no
different. When you make a mistake, be up front with
your team. Your honesty and vulnerability will help
open a pathway to better trust and communication.
When you show your willingness to trust them with
your mistakes, they in turn will feel more valued
By Elizabeth McCormick
Good leaders are hard to find, and great leaders
are even more elusive. Whether there’s a team
reporting to you or not, you have the ability to lift your
level of respect with your peers while also improving
your capacity for greater leadership opportunities.
To enhance your own abilities as a leader, begin with
an intentional mindset of beingopento new ways of
thinking and new ways of interacting with your peers,
your team, and your organization as a whole.
To lift your leadership, start with this list of “Top
1. Listen to Your Team
It’s not necessary for leaders to know everything, but
you need to know the individual skillsets, so that you
know who to approach to get the answer you need.
It is also important to ask your team for inputs, and
listen to what they have to say. They will appreciate
being included in any decision made – especially if it
affects their workload, their department, their budget,
or the amount of time they have allocated. When your
team feels like a valued part of the process, it helps
improve both their personal connection and overall
commitment to the desired results.
2. Make Tough Decisions
Your team may not like every decision you make,
but don’t let that scare you into not making the right
decisions, or worse, no decisions at all. For any
decision you make, do your research and get feedback
from your team. If you are able, explain your decisions
diplomatically and address the concerns.
At the very least, your team will feel informed, and be
thankful the decision wasn’t theirs to make.
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