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Frankness, openness, and effective communication are essential to successful delegation, helping to build and sustain trust and overcome  many personal barriers. You  can reinforce trust and nurture mutual esteem through careful management.


Communicating Well

When managers keep knowledge to themselves,communicate sporadically and incompletely, or even make no attempt to tell the truth at all, mistrust and other negative feelings in their staff will build rapidly. But misunderstandings and unjustified suspicions can result even when people believe they are discussing matters openly and honestly.


Some managers hear only what they want to hear, and employees may be afraid to contradict them. To be a good communicator, you must express your ideas clearly and develop your listening skills. This will encourage others to share their thoughts and opinions with you.


Comparing Perceptions

When assessing whether you are a helpful and accomplished delegator, you must always bear in mind the delegate’s point of view. You may uncover a surprising gulf in the way a situation is perceived .Make it clear from the from the start that you want and expect honest opinions  about your delegating style. If the feedback you receive indicates that you are thought of as interfering and distrustful, act immediately to correct the situation. The more delegates realize that they have real responsibility and will not be second-guessed, the better they will do.


Respecting Opinions

Treat everybody with the same respect that you expect yourself, because your staff are allies in the job of management. When you delegate, you show respect by entrusting part of your work to another because you believe in their capability and suitability.

To build mutual respect, ask your delegates for their opinions on how the work should be done, and show you are listening to their suggestions.


Do use all means to communicate with your staffDon’t be dismayed by differing  perceptions – they are natural
Do strive to regard your associates as competent peopleDon’t forget that trust is a two-way process that can take time  and effort to establish
Do remind delegates that you respect and appreciate themDon’t ask people to do things  that you wouldn’t do yourself
Do show your delegates loyalty and supportDon’t use delegates as scapegoats when things go wrong
Do allow delegates the opportunity to give their opinionsDon’t dissuade staff from speaking



Make sure you give people plenty of authority rather than little.

Always deal swiftly and positively with idle and unjustified rumors

If you do not trust a member of staff, do not keep them.

Treat your own perceptions as facts and analyse them objectively.

Bernard Taiwo

I am Management strategist, Editor and Publisher.

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