One of the hallmarks of an effective leader is assigning tasks to individuals or groups. He or she will be known as someone you can easily work for or with because there is no ambiguity about what is required. Using the format in this article will ensure that the task is received, understood, and clearly communicated.
Things You'll Need:
- You can use a variety of tools to record the task or mission. Pen and paper or email work well. There are specialized software titles as well. The important thing is the process and actual delivery.
"Bob, I need you to prepare a written report of your field trip last week for the board of directors. You may check out a laptop, collaborate with Judy from HR, and overtime is authorized. The report will be no more than ten single spaced pages, formatted according to HR's most recent memo, and on my desk ready to be submitted by 8 am on Thursday the ninth."
- Bob now has a clear task and can get to work on it immediately.
- And, since you personally assigned the task instead of simply forwarding a memo you got from your boss, Bob understands that he is accountable to you for the tasks success.
- Don't drive yourself crazy trying to write the perfect task. The first couple
of times you issue this kind of task you will get some feedback. Take
the feedback and rewrite the task.
Reissue the task.
depend on a hand written or typed task to be the end of it. Good Leadership
requires that you follow up at all times and be available to provide guidance. You can delegate authority but you cannot delegate responsibility.