How Transfer Decision-Making Power to your Team

Part of being an exceptional team leader is being able to delegate power and responsibility with confidence, knowing your team is capable of reaching the right decisions.

For many, relinquishing power whilst being confident that performance won’t suffer can be tricky, but there are some ways in which you can ensure your team is ready – and up for the challenge!

Start with Participative Decision-Making (PDM)
PDM is a technique that strives to involve employees in the decision-making process, particularly where these decisions will directly impact them. This can be anything from a change in working hours to the launch date of a new range of products. Involving employees in the process of goal setting, group discussion, problem-solving and analysis will help create accountability and instill confidence in the team. Furthermore, it improves communications between team and team leader, and this channel of communication will prove vital when determining when to graduate from PDM to power assignment.

Consider the decision
Start with smaller decisions at a local level, or those that effect in-house policies, before building up to those that affect clients or partners. Analyse the success or shortcomings of these projects to determine how to move forward with more or fewer transfers of power.

Build trust
Before designating any power to your team, you first need to know that the power won’t be abused. In order to make sure your team is ready for the challenge, organise regular trust-building exercises and establish clear methods of communication between you and your team. This collaboration will be the key to ensuring your employees are ready to take on new challenges in the modern workplace.

Pride in the company/product
When employees feel proud of their work, product or company, the more effort they are likely to put in. In turn, the better the results will be. When you see evidence that your team is passionate about the work at hand, you can begin to delegate decision-making power with confidence that the best interests of the team and company will be served.

The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try and do everything yourself, because you can’t.

Anthea Turner

This post is an excerpt from ‘Excelling as a Highly Effective Team Leader -12 Strategies for Creating Collaboration in the Workplace’ one of over 80 Management Guide titles from Benson & Company.

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