The Empowering Question
Every leader should ask themselves a couple specific questions whenever they give a teammate a task or job. These questions will help the leader determine if the task or job will empower that teammate: Am I delegating or assigning this job to my teammate only because I don’t have time to do this myself and I hope they do it exactly how I would do it? Or am I giving this job or task to a teammate with the hope that they find a better way to do it than I ever could with my current availability and bandwidth? A leader should communicate expectations to their teammate. Some people like being a clone with no creative freedom. Great teammates will not enjoy the expectation of being a clone for long.