(Adapted from “Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates”)
Another way to show your staff that you are interested in their growth is to give them opportunities to develop professionally. Assign tasks and delegate authority to them. Allowing them to accomplish tasks provides confidence and respect between the you and them. It also encourages them to show you their initiative and to show cooperation when working as a team. When you properly delegate authority, you demonstrate faith in your staff. They may then desire greater responsibilities. If you don’t delegate authority, it may be interpretted as a lack of leadership, and your staff may think you don’t trust them or don’t think they have the ability.
- Provide clear, well thought-out directions. Tell your staff what to do, not how to do it. Hold them responsible for results, although overall responsibility remains yours. Delegate enough authority to them to enable them to accomplish the task.
- Give your staff opportunities to perform duties usually performed by the next higher position.
- Be quick to recognize your staff’s accomplishments when they demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness.
- Correct errors in judgment and initiative in a way which will encourage them to try harder. Avoid public criticism or condemnation.
- Give advice and assistance freely when it is requested by your staff.
- Let your staff know that you will accept honest errors without punishment in return; teach from these mistakes by critique and constructive guidance.
- Resist the urge to micro-manage; don’t give restrictive guidance which destroys initiative, drive, innovation, enthusiasm; creates boredom; and increases workload of seniors.
- Assign your staff to positions in accordance with demonstrated or potential ability.
- Be prompt and fair in backing your staff. Until convinced otherwise, have faith in each person.
- Accept responsibility willingly and insist that your staff live by the same standard.