Project Management

Delegate Goals, Not Deliverables

Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can't imagine a better job to have. He is interested in all things agile, or anything new to learn.

The best way for a leader to scale themselves is to delegate responsibilities to others. This can include giving responsibilities to individuals, other groups, or through project teams. It can be difficult for a leader, especially someone new at the role, to move from relying only on themselves, to relying primarily on others. In fact, there are several companies that think this is an admirable trait, being able to “dive deep” and remain connected to the details, even if those details are enough to overwhelm even the most passionate person. This may even work for a short time, and while it may help in the near term, in the long term it will detract from overall results and the effectiveness of the leader. Scaling through teams, including project teams, is a more sustainable way to lead.

One of the goals of a great leader is to create and empower teams to deliver increasingly positive results. This means that a leader needs to point teams in the right direction, and ensure they have the resources they need to succeed, rather than driving the completion of tasks or getting in the way of the team’s performance. This advice seems obvious, and it’s the kind of leader we probably all hope to work with, and what we as leaders aspire to be. But too often leaders are overworked or overstressed, and feel the need to hold on to delivery, even as that provides increasingly worse …


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