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Dr. Wanda T. Wallace on How Leaders Can Delegate Effectively


In this episode we talked with Dr. Wanda T. Wallace and discussed how leaders can delegate effectively and leverage the expertise of their team.

Dr. Wallace is a speaker as well as the founder and managing partner of Leadership Forum, a business consulting firm that focuses on changing the world by changing the way we communicate at work.

With a Ph.D in Psychology as well as a rich background in education and leadership training, Dr. Wallace maintains a diverse skill set and knowledge base that enables her to expertly coach leaders on how to better understand and communicate with team members.

Dr. Wallace is also the author of the book You Can’t Know It All: Leading in the Age of Deep Expertise, which covers the transition from being an expert within a team to being a leader of a team full of individuals with varying expertise.

Join us as we discuss with Dr. Wallace how leaders can delegate effectively and leverage the expertise of their team.. Hear Wanda discuss the importance of setting up boundaries and asking questions as you begin the delegation process. Listen to Dr. Wallace explain why it is important that leaders don’t “ditch and desert.” Learn why the common practice of leaders doing it all themselves is not only inefficient for the leader but demotivating for team members as well.

Here is a link to Dr. Wallace’s website:

Here is a link to Dr. Wallace’s book:
You Can’t Know It All: Leading in the Age of Deep Expertise

Here is a link if you want to Connect With Dr. Wallace on LinkedIn:
Dr. Wanda T. Wallace’s LinkedIn Profile

Wanda’s Top 5

1. Make Sure You Don’t Ditch and Desert

“What many leaders do is pitch out a task to their team members and simply hope for a good result instead of really coaching on the best way to achieve the desired results.”

2. You Can’t Tell People What to Do

“Instead of simply telling your team members the why and how of a task, it is better to direct them to learning the how and why themselves because they are much more likely to absorb and retain that information.”

3. Don’t Step In and Do Things for Your Team

“Way too many deep experts default to ‘never mind I’ll do it myself, because that’s faster.’ Which leaves your team members feeling demotivated.”

4. You’ve Got to Ask a Lot of Questions and Do a Lot of Listening

“Asking questions allows you to guide without directing.”

5. Set Expectations at the Beginning with Clear Boundaries

“It all starts with a mutual understanding of what the goal is, and you as the leader creating boundaries to meet that goal.”

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