1. Let go, and trust in your team
It can be tempting to think that if you want something done properly then you’ll have to do it yourself. Learning to let go and hand the reins to other people is a tough one, but something that you have to do if you are going to succeed in project management.
2. Empower your team
You need to place your trust in your team and to give them the autonomy they need to go ahead and make their own decisions. Empowerment is about giving them responsibility, accountability and letting them develop their own project management skills.
3. Crystal clear instructions
Remember that your team are not inside your head. Unless you have meticulously instructed them on the finer details of how you would like tasks carried out, don’t be surprised if the end result is slightly different to how you envisaged it.
4. Delegation is a two way street
As well as delegating to your juniors, you can delegate upwards too. Tasks requiring special knowledge or skills, or those which fall outside of your remit as a PM, should be delegated upwards to senior managers, or even outsourced to get the specialist help you need.
5. Invest for the long term
It can take longer to instruct someone else to do a task but delegation is a long term investment. Invest in the development of people around you and you’ll be rewarded with a stronger, more capable team in the future.