District Director's Message

Delegation

"Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do."
– Jessica Jackley, businesswoman

In hindsight, when we look back over the last twelve months of this program year, we may encounter situations where delegation could have worked better. We may even encounter situations where it was not done at all. This exercise in identifying such circumstances is beneficial to help us understand the importance of delegation. Delegation is empowering and not something to be insecure about.

My experience in Toastmasters taught me to delegate and has helped me avoid trouble. I remember some instances while I was serving as a Club President. There were times when a club officer was not able to meet expectations. I took matters into my own hand without having a conversation or trying to identify the root cause of the problem. Even though the required tasks may have been completed, it left a bad taste. It also led to some conflicts, and I ended up being overwhelmed with too much to do. I have learned only with experience on why and how to delegate to achieve success. Here are some pointers to get started:

  1. Delegation does not mean you prepare a long list of To-Do lists and distribute it evenly among the team members. The first task starts with deciding what not to do, along with deciding what to do.
  2. Identify the priority of each task, the effort required, and the impact it will have. Accordingly, define a sequence of completion for these tasks.
  3. Identify the person to delegate the task to according to your understanding of the task and see if it can fulfil the person's need or goals.
  4. Initially, direct until the person understands what is required before completely handing over the task.
  5. Keep short checkpoints so that no one is disappointed later with the implementation.

Delegation can help you grow on the Leadership scale quickly as you get more things done and build a good network of people who can vouch for your leadership qualities. With such a network, you also may find your successor in this process.

I hope the points above will help you personally and professionally to grow and achieve your goals.

Stay Safe and Get Vaccinated!

Best
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Niteash Agarwaal, DTM
District Director, 2020-21

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