This is a helpful concept I was introduced to for improving how to delegate tasks and responsibilities. These are levels of authority you give to others when delegating.
The Five Degrees of Initiative
- Wait until you are told.
- Ask what to do.
- Research, recommend, then take action.
- Act, then inform promptly.
- Act independently, report periodically.
These are ranked from the lowest to the highest level of initiative.
If you want to learn more about this concept, I recommend reading The Five Levels of Delegation by Michael Hyatt and Who’s Got the Monkey by Harvard Business Review.