According to Harvard Business Review, part of becoming a better leader means giving up authority. Great leaders know that leadership isn’t about delegating tasks and waiting for results. It’s about relinquishing control and establishing a sense of autonomy among team members.

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Reflect on going with the flow when delegating

Going with the flow when delegating tasks is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

How do you let go and still delegate?

Exercises to make going with the flow easier

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can make going with the flow easier.  

  • Provide enough guidance at the beginning of a project. Avoid micromanaging by documenting clear instructions, defining the goals, and supplying the appropriate tools.  
  • Make yourself available throughout the project. Tell your team: “If you have any questions, feel free to reach out through Slack or we can hop on a Zoom call.”  
  • Ask for feedback at the end of every project from your team. Consider: “Did my delegation skills help or hinder you during the project? What would you suggest I do differently next time?”

Additional resources to make going with the flow easier

How To Gain Control By Letting Go
Let’s put this nicely: many managers have a tendency to want to control every little detail–but too much micro hurts the macro. Read on to get your balance right.
Council Post: You Can Control, And You Can Lead, But You Can’t Do Both
Your ability to influence is much more crucial than your power to control.
How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control
Manage through principles, not just processes.

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