Any manager's job is to get things done through other people. Delegation is the way to do it. Here are 5 steps for delegating effectively--and adopting the manager's mindset:

  1. Be clear and concise. Be very clear about both the assignment and the expected outcome, but avoid the temptation to tell your people exactly how to do their assigned tasks.
  2. Grant the necessary authority. Any time you delegate a task, you also need to delegate the authority--the organizational power and resources--required to get the job done.
  3. Monitor progress. Know the degree of monitoring necessary for each task and each employee. An inexperienced employee, for example, will need tight control, while loose controls are appropriate for those who already know the ropes.
  4. Correct when necessary. If progress veers too far from the discussed guidelines, it's time for you to take immediate and decisive corrective action. Agree on a plan to return to targeted goals and explain the consequences for not getting back on track. If the situation doesn't quickly improve, you may need to take the task back and delegate it to someone else.