Play a Team Game (Part 3)

IN business, as in sport, you are nowhere without the team. In some cases that might be as an individual with an entourage of people to help out.

Delegation is one key area of playing that team game well. Doing so will allow you to make maximum use of the resources available to you, for the benefit of the group. Different personalities can bring a lot of added value to the team and delegating a task can mean that person grows and learns new skills.

Thinking about who you will hand a particular task to is important. An urgent project might need someone who is quick, experienced and knows what they’re doing. A task that can take longer might be better suited to a person who has never had the opportunity to undertake that kind of work.

They need that string to their bow to allow them, and the company/team, to benefit. Short-term gain is vital – so to is the longer-term development of those around you.

Also, make sure you pass on interesting work and not just that you couldn’t be bothered to do yourself. Then, having given them the tools and the guidelines, such as time parameters, quality required etc, give that individual a free rein to get on with it, without interference, although make sure they know you are there to offer help if need be.

As a leader, look after your team’s interests, whether inside or outside the organisation. Get your staff what they need, and back them to the hilt. Otherwise they might become demotivated if they see others getting something they need but haven’t got themselves.

And give your people the credit if something goes well – while taking the blame yourself if the team mess up. Not much can generate more loyalty than a boss accepting responsibility for others actions.


  • chris

    Becoming a leader can mean lots of different things and I applaud this article as it is focusing on the things that a leader should be/do. I like the blame aspect of it, making sure you accept the blame for something even though it might not be your fault. You are the boss and must carry the can.

  • mark

    For most business owners delegation is the hardest thing to get right. It is a difficult thing when your house and business are on the line and you ned to keep it going, especially if the bank has a second mortgage on your house. How do you go to sleep at night and how to do keep the business separate if it means that if your business fails you might lose the roof over your head with family involved too. It's not easy.

  • paul

    Getting your staff what they need can be easier said than done. I know of a friend's organisation where they need certain things other than what they have and just are not able to afford them.This company has been split up due to only a partial buy out which means the company that is left is not able to even have a proper website.I can't imagine many companies getting by without a website. It's shocking really but they are doing a great job on something called a WordPress and they have email which is moving across to Zimbra. It's almost like working with one hand behind your back and not easy.

  • mary

    When I worked for a company they were forever passing on work that was not interesting and therefore it was off putting when I first joined. It was obvious that the boss was palming off things he didn't want to do so that someone else would do it for him and it's not the way I anticipated being introduced to the job. It is far more challenging to do the interesting stuff and I suppose they knew that.Having now branched out on my own for the past two years I feel I am able to mix up the mundane with the exciting in my own time and get the bread and butter work done which makes the interesting stuff more enjoyable. I appreciate it more. You have to make sure that your work is varied to have an interesting time although that is not always the case if you work in a factory for instance!

  • chris

    I took the blame for something at work today. Why, because I was wrong and I owned up to it. That way I got lots of respect too. It sometimes pays to do that.

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