Mr. Covey explains to us that Stewardship Delegation is focused upon results; not telling someone what method to use in order to get a job done. “Yes!” When delegating a task to someone we will want to point out a few things which might take time in the beginning. But the overall end results are usually much better when all is said and done.
For Stewardship Delegation to be effective; the person performing the task for us must have a clear picture of what we want. They will need a few parameters to follow so the quality of the end result is protected. But we don’t want to set up so many parameters that their own creative thinking is taken out of the process.
Of course, they will need to be informed; knowing the resources they will have access to in order to perform the task you are asking them to accomplish for you. Make them accountable for how the task is done by way of timed progress reports and having them tell you when the task will be completed.
If the task is to be done by a certain time; go over with them what the rewards will be. But also make sure they understand any possible consequences that may arise if things aren’t done at a specific time.