Delegating

Trust employees to take charge

July 12, 2018
In 1968, William Cecil wanted to upgrade the North Carolina estate that he inherited from his grandfather. Cecil chose the Biltmore’s head carpenter, Wexler Ogle Plemmons, for the coveted job. Then he challenged him to think big.

‘So … why am I doing this for you exactly?’

December 8, 2017

Your team will perform best when you trust its members to perform on their own. Don’t just hand people a project. Make sure they can positively answer these questions.

Proclaim the what, not the how

July 13, 2017
Clarity and leadership go together. Communicate clear directions and give your team the leeway to find ways to advance toward the goal.

Your words reveal your confidence

June 23, 2017
Everything we perceive is influenced by how we see ourselves. For this reason, we need to develop self-awareness—with no filters—to fulfill our potential as leaders.

Let managers fix their own problems

March 22, 2015

Even after becoming CEO of SAP, the world’s largest software firm, Bill McDer­­mott never stopped learning. He kept searching for ways to enhance his leadership.

Internal turbulence hampered the Jets

January 29, 2015
For Super Bowl week, here’s a cautionary tale of how tricky it is to lead a team to victory. In 2011, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan lacked the same familiarity running an offense as he did guiding the defense. As a result, he delegated—a bit too much.

Push decision-making to the front lines

November 17, 2014
Many leaders urge employees to take responsibility and make smart decisions. But some leaders interfere by insisting on signing off on those decisions. By delegating well, you can push decision-­making down to the rank-and-file.

Stay on track during your workday

August 7, 2014

Time doesn’t organize itself. That’s your job. To squeeze the most out of every minute, scrutinize your workday. Follow these guidelines.

Donny Deutsch: The disappearing boss

September 12, 2013
Advertising executive and TV personality Donny Deutsch sums up the secret of leadership in 10 words: You need to be comfortable enough not to be needed.

Learn to empower others

April 3, 2013
Top executives often take up hobbies such as golf and sailing. But Mark Hellerstein is probably the only CEO who is also a professional ventriloquist. Hellerstein served as chief executive of St. Mary Land & Exploration Co. from 1995 to 2007. During that time, the oil and gas firm—now known as SM Energy Co.—grew from an $80 million private company to a $2.5 billion public company.