Leadingship Limerick: Delegation Diligence

Every Monday I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting a leadership fundmental in limerick form.

Delegation gets lots of things done
If people have the permission to run

Your support is what they need
Don't overmanage or underlead

Or their success is sure to be none

People exercise initiative only when they have freedom of choice and the power and authority to act.  When you delegate with too many strings attached, they don't own the responsibility, instead feeling constrained to executing only on your terms.

Don't specify every step along the way.  Instead, communicate a clear picture of what success looks like for the responsibilities being delegated and then inquire what support people need from you to complete the work.  Remain aware and interested in their progress, but not overactive in the actual work.