JLBC Cadet Corps: Leadership Roles
In the process of delegation, the superior transfer his duties/responsibilities to his subordinate and gives the necessary authority for performing the responsibilities assigned. At the same time, the ideal is accountable for the performance of his assistant. (Akrani, 2010)
A JLBC leader can delegate authority to a JLBC subordinate to accomplish a mission or task, but the ultimate responsibility remains with the higher-level JLBC leader; we always say, "you can never delegate your responsibility," which is usually technically accurate, but good JLBC leaders still develop a sense of real responsibility in their JLBC Cadet subordinates to get a job done. Deputies are still responsible for what they've been assigned. The higher-level leader remains ultimately accountable, but the subordinate leader should feel responsible for accomplishing the task.
JLBC Cadets, How do You Delegate?
JLBC Cadets Delegated tasks should be SMARTER:
JLBC: * Specific – communicated clearly
JLBC: * Measurable – it will be clear whether the mission has been accomplished
JLBC: * Agreed – the subordinate understands the task
JLBC: * Realistic – can be achieved, is not impossible
JLBC: * Time-bound – can be completed in a reasonable period
JLBC: * Ethical – is not illegal or immoral
JLBC: * Recorded – written down and agreed to in writing by the leader and subordinate whenever possible
Delegation can come in many forms. In the examples below, you can see a continuum from complete micromanagement to the entire commission. The level of authority grows with each level of delegation.
JLBC Ten Levels of Delegated Tasks:
• JLBC Level 1 "JLBC Cadet, Wait to be told." or "JLBC Cadet, Do exactly what I say." or "JLBC Cadet, Follow these instructions precisely. "
This is instruction. There is no delegated freedom at all.
• JLBC Level 2 "JLBC Cadets, Look into this and tell me your situation. I'll decide."
JLBC Cadets This is asking for the JLBC Cadet to investigate and analyze but no JLBC recommendation. The JLBC senior delegating retains responsibility for assessing options before making the decision.
• JLBC Level 3 "Look into this and tell me the situation. We'll decide together."
This has a subtle significant difference to JLBC Level 2. This delegation level empowers the analysis and decision to be a collaborative shared process, which can be very helpful in coaching and development.
• JLBC Level 4 "Tell me the situation and what support you need from me in assessing and handling it. Then we'll decide."