Servant-leaders are great at delegating.
Indeed, purposeful delegation is one of the three key practices of servant-leaders in the workplace.*
And what’s the opposite of great delegating?
From a servant leadership perspective, here’s 7 ways dumping ain’t great delegating:
- Dumpers withhold authority. The hallmark of dumping is assigning a task and withholding the authority needed to do it. But servant-leaders share authority – an important form of power** – in the workplace, especially through great delegating.
- Dumpers give short notice. Dumpers often dump because they are disorganized. Servant-leaders may not be any more organized than average, but they care about the schedules of those with whom they work. Dumpers don’t.
- Dumpers don’t connect to the mission. In effect, dumpers say, “Just do it.” Servant-leaders, on the other hand, help others to see how a present assignment is an important means to achieving a future end.
- Dumpers don’t consider whether the task is reasonable. Dumpers simply seek to get work off their plates. If that can be accomplished, they dump away. But servant-leaders consider whether the assignment at hand is sensible, a priority and a good use of resources.
- Dumper don’t play fair. Dumpers often give pleasant tasks to people they like and unpleasant tasks to people they don’t like. Servant-leaders, on the other hand, are impartial and match task to talent.
- Dumpers are inconsistent. I knew a dumper who claimed to be too busy to finish drafting a document . . . on the way out of the office to watch a baseball game! That’s not how servant-leaders work.**
- Dumpers don’t care if the task is doable. Dumping can often set people up to fail. Servant-leaders at work make sure that never happens – they want results and they measure their success by the success of those they serve.
What do you think? Did I miss something? What would you add to my list of list of dumping behaviors?
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And here are two more on purposeful delegation: “4 Distinctive Reasons Servant-Leaders Delegate” and “Purposeful Delegation – A Key to Staff Development”
** Check out this one: “5 Ways Servant-Leaders Empower Others at Work”
*** For me, one of the worst forms of inconsistency occurs when a dumper assigns a task that she or he would be unwilling to do herself or himself.
Man, that bugs me!