Stop Hovering

Posted November 15, 2009 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Have you ever had that boss who constantly stands over you wondering what you’re doing. “How’s that project coming, Sally? Do you have some numbers for me to look at, Bob? When will I see results, Lucy?” Hover, hover, hover, until you want to scream, “You might have some numbers if you’d leave me the hell alone for five minutes!”

Delegation isn’t about farming out duties just because. It’s about dividing both work load and responsibilities so everyone is contributing to the success of the whole. And in that vane, delegation also means trusting those you delegate jobs to will do the jobs as requested.

Of course, if something doesn’t get done on time, to the right expectations, etc. you have a duty as a leader to gently point that out and require more attention to detail or accountability in the future. I’m not saying you should walk away from delegated projects without having any accountability still on yourself. But the main point is this: quit hovering. It makes people nervous and makes us want to slap you in the face.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."