The Art of Delegation
Whether you work alone or within a team, or you run an established business there is a limit to the amount you can do and when you can do it by.
If you’re good at your job/good at what you do and what you provide, people will want much more from you than what you can physically offer. This can lead to a real sense of pressure and work overload. It’s simple, you cannot do everything that everyone wants, and this can leave you stressed, unhappy, and feeling that you’re letting people down.
You can find a way around this increasing limitation, and this is by learning the Art of delegation.
If you do this well, you can quickly build a strong and successful team of people, well equipped, confident and able to meet the demands that are causing you stress.
This is why delegation is such an important skill, and is one that you absolutely need to learn for the success of your business!
Why is there a fear to delegate?
To delegate takes a lot of up-front effort. After all, no one knows your business better than you. You know it inside out, so which is easier: do the task yourself, or have someone else do it for you? But the real question is “Would it be a good use of your time?”
Whilst most things are easier to do yourself, rather than have to than explain the strategy, the task, the required impact and the result to someone else.
However, delegation is a win-win solution when done appropriately.
There’s 3 simple steps to ensure delegation is discussed in the correct manner:
- Start with specifying the outcome you desire to the people you have enlisted to deliver it.
- Establish your level of controls, provide sufficient support and information needed to carry out the task.
- Keep up to date with the progress of the task. Adding focus on the result/s not the how.
Delegation doesn’t mean that we abdicate control altogether. In delegating effectively, we have to find a balance between giving enough space for people to use their abilities to best effect, whilst still monitoring and supporting closely enough to ensure that the job is done correctly and effectively.
Finally, remember that there is no such thing as a single-handed success. When you include and acknowledge all those in your corner, you propel yourself, your teammates and your supporters to greater heights.