Clearly defined roles and responsibilities are key to making your projects a success
What’s more important when tackling a project with your team: Having a clearly defined approach, or having clearly defined roles?
Most people will answer the former. They would be wrong. Indeed, studies have suggested the opposite is true.
Clearly defined roles save your team a fair amount of time, that would otherwise have been wasted on negotiating tasks roles, and protecting turf.
Surprisingly, tasks defined with more ambiguous approaches are perceived to be more creative by employees, which in turn serves to motivate them, and pushes them to work harder.
The takeaway? As a leader, be sure to always make the roles and responsibilities of your team for a given project precise and well defined, but leave it up to them to figure out how to approach the issue at hand.
Source: Harvard Business Review