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Distributed Decision-Making: Building Capacity in your Team

For people in a position of high-impact, where the decisions being made affect a larger scope of the organization, it can be hard to let go of decision-making and delegate.  A simple analogy can help any leader grow capacity in their team by giving more responsibility to others on your team. This increase in responsibility has a ripple effect on the overall team and its members. Increasing responsibility demonstrates trust and increased trust positively impacts engagement. Engagement, as we know, is directly correlated to performance. So the short path is – let people know you trust them and their abilities and they’ll rise to the challenge.

It can be hard to do this of course. What if they make a mistake?

Of course they will. Just like you have. And yet, things can turn out okay even if there is a mistake made. The real question is how do I know which decisions and responsibilities are safe to delegate?

Consider this metaphor “Above the Water Line or Below...

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