5 Levels of Effective Delegation

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As I work more and more closely with an Executive Assistant I have become convinced that a gap between my expectation and my assistant's execution is always due to my miscommunicated expectations. 

Both Peter Economy and Michael Hyatt have helpful writing on this topic. Here is my synthesis of 5 essential levels of effective delegation:

1. Do Exactly What I Ask

This is a great option when you have done your research or have a strong conviction about what needs to happen.

2. Research And Report Back

This is a great option when you need to offload something that might be a new area of responsibility for your direct report. You experience a time savings in the area of research and still want to make the decision and execute on your own.

3. Research And Recommend

This is a great option when your direct report has built up experience in an area of responsibility. You experience a time savings in the area of research and want to see how aligned they are to what you would recommend. 

4. Execute And Report

This is great option when you trust your direct report and just want the peace of mind of knowing what he or she decided and executed. You experience time and energy savings in both the decision making and the executing.

5. Execute What You Think Is Best

This is the option to use when your input is not critical and your direct report has sufficient wisdom and experience in the area of responsibility to make a call and see it through - without even reporting back to you.

We develop new levels of leaders when we delegate new levels of authority.

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As a leader, are you making it clear what level of authority you are delegating?