Students In leadership positions too often make the mistake of doing all the work themselves – ————————————————–Stop This and allow others to help!
There are three main reasons for this. First, you don’t have the time to do everything yourself. Second, you are not, nor do you need to be, great at everything. That’s what leadership is for. Find the best student who would be naturally perfect for the job and delegate the task to him or her. Third, when you delegate work to others, you show that you trust them to do well.
Most students do not like to be micromanaged. You know what that’s like. Your boss gives you something to do and then hovers over you, asking questions about how it’s going every five minutes, giving you ideas on how best to do it.
So, once you do turn over the task to another student, get out of the way and don’t micromanage.
Your success rises and falls with your ability to lead people. As you follow this tip, make sure that you are choosing the right student for the job. Allow your people to play to their strengths and to take on duties where they will naturally shine.
They will appreciate the faith you place in them and the respect you show them by asking them to take part in the project.
Play to Team’s Strengths!
When you delegate to fellow students, make sure you’re assigning tasks based on the strengths of your team.
Let’s say you’ve got a task that involves interacting with the local radio stations. Not a good idea to ask your biggest introvert to take this on, when clearly this is a job for your gregarious extrovert. Save that wonderful and quiet student for a behind the scenes role.
Make sure you listen to every student, watch, and pay attention to not only what each team member enjoys doing, to what she’s actually good at.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing the right student. Does the job require
- Someone who works better with people or with paper?
- An idea generator or a maintainer?
- A short-term or a long-term commitment?
- A creative thinker or a literal thinker?
- A veteran or a newbie?
When you assign tasks to students, let them know that you thought of them for that job because you’ve seen how well they’ve done in similar responsibilities. Your belief in them will bolster their self-esteem and research has shown us that people tend to live up to our expectations of them.
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