As a leader, a big part of your job is in setting goals, pulling out motivation, pushing your team forward, inspiring them to be creative. Overseeing progress, in other words. Another big part of your job, however, is in setting and enforcing limits. This often feels like a bad-guy role; nobody likes being the one who has to say No all the time.
But limits, such as clearly defined job roles, actually bring more creative freedom for your team. By defining job roles for each team member, you'll help your team work together better and feel secure enough to come up with innovative, inspiring solutions and creative work.
Present Job Roles as Protections, Not Limits
Start by introducing job roles to your team as beneficial protections for them, not as limits being assigned arbitrarily. To convince your team that job roles are beneficial, go over these points:
Everybody has a lot to do, and no one can do it all. Job roles keep you from feeling responsible for everything, and keep you from being overwhelmed with tasks that shouldn't really be yours to do.
Job roles keep others from taking on the tasks or projects that do belong to you; you can feel secure knowing that you can plan for work, prepare, put effort and time in and not have it unintentionally undone by another team member.
You shouldn't be held responsible for something you didn't do; without clear job roles, however, it's often hard to trace a decision or idea back to the starting point. Job roles protect you from being drawn into issues that aren't yours or receiving blame you don't deserve.
It's easier to focus and accomplish when you know exactly what's expected of you. It's also easier to communicate when you know exactly who is in charge of each area or task. Job roles help eliminate confusion and redundancy, so everyone can work more productively and have to deal with fewer unwanted distractions.