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Chris LoCurto


February 28, 2012

Why Delegation And Trust Are More Important Than You Think

February 28, 2012 | By | 9 Comments">9 Comments

Delegation and trust, two of the most misunderstood things in leadership. As host of the EntreLeadership Podcast, I meet a lot of really awesome guests who have shared some invaluable advice. And our latest Podcast, which launched today, is no exception.

Stephen M.R. Covey,  author of incredible books like The Speed of Trust and Smart Trust, was in the house to discuss two of the most misunderstood areas in leadership—delegation and trust.

If you don’t see the graphic, click here for the podcast.

Here are just a couple of highlights from the podcast:

  • Strength of Delegation – Delegation allows us to multiply ourselves. We, as leaders, should want that trust widely placed. It is the most compelling form of motivation. It is amazing how people respond when trust is given to them. We get better results and have more capacity to grow. (That’s kind of important.)
  • Mutual Trust – The No. 1 defining characteristic of what makes a great place to work is mutual trust. It engages people. It energizes people. It creates a workplace of choice. Most importantly, champions are always attracted to great places. They’re looking for a place where they don’t have to worry about being held back because of a lack of trust. Some create rule-based companies because they’ve never learned how they can trust their team.
  • Removing Doubt – People automatically believe you have an agenda if they feel like they’re not trusted. They think you have something hidden up your sleeve if you’re not sharing information. How do you avoid that? Declare your intent. Give them the why behind the what, so they know what you’re trying to do. You’re being transparent, and they know there’s nothing to hide. Here’s what I’m trying to do. Here’s why, etc. It’s virtually impossible to declare an agenda that’s self-serving.

This is just a small portion of the incredible interview, like a gherkin pickle’s worth of information. Click on the graphic above to get the rest of our amazing discussion.

Question: How has trust affected you in your working career?

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    I believe trust is the important ingredient which differentiates successful and winning teams from those unsuccessful and losing. Trust always produces synergy in the team and is bound to bring exponential returns.

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    I believe trust is the important ingredient which differentiates successful and winning teams from those unsuccessful and losing. Trust always produces synergy in the team and is bound to bring exponential returns. On the other hand, when the suspicion reigns instead of trust in a team, none will go beyond the call of duty and they are bound to work su-par excellence.

    • Chris LoCurto

      That’s exactly it. People become paralyzed.

  • Aaron Nelson

    WOW! And I’ll say it again: WOW! I love commuting because I get the chance to listen and reflect on your amazing podcasts. Better than an MBA (I imagine, anyway. I studied Social Work, and I promise you your podcasts are better than those classes, hands down!)

    I love how darn practical they are. Just listened to this podcast today, and I know that tomorrow it will get played again in my ipod so it can filter down into the grey matter.

    Repetition really is the motor of learning. (I think that’s a John G. Miller quote.) Today hearing the interview and then your ‘take aways’ at the end helped to make the concept of delegation even that much more clearer.

    ‘Don’t delegate activity/tasks, delegate the results.’ ‘To get trust, you have to give trust.’ Another post-it note has been stapled to my forehead.

    My own (in 10 seconds) journey to apply this:
    1. I realized my own need to delegate more effectively to my team. (Actually felt like I got smacked in the forehead with that realization!)

    2. I realized that I’m holding my team down by not delegating.

    3. Today I had a one on one with one of our key leaders and told him what I was learning about delegation, and then apologized for not doing it correctly.

    4. I committed to correctly delegate a major project I had been hanging onto – but should have given to him long ago, within the next 24 hours.

    Again, thank you so much for these practical lessons. Eating it up!

    God bless you guys!

    • Chris LoCurto

      I love it Aaron!! What am incredible comment!!

  • Joel Fortner

    Could you try getting some better guests please? Steven Covey? Tony Dungy? Jim Collins? I mean who has even heard of these people??!! =)

    • Lily_Kreitinger

      And he gets paid for it… the podcast could use a little spicing up too ; )

      • Chris LoCurto

        You guys are awesome!!

    • Chris LoCurto

      BAH!!! I know right? I tried to get Joel Fortner, but that guy’s to big!!