As driven business professionals, we often spread ourselves thin by buying into the idea that “if you want something done right, you do it yourself.” While there is some validity to this mantra, the truth is delegating responsibility can be beneficial to both parties.
In a business context, many managers under-delegate tasks due to a lack of trust in their team. Perhaps you don’t want to invest time explaining a task in detail, or maybe you have a lot riding on a particular project where your reputation would be on the line.
This fear of delegation will make it much more difficult for both you and your team to grow your skillsets and reach your full potential. In addition, it will limit your capacity and prevent you from tending to the more critical tasks at hand.
Here are three benefits of delegating responsibility for busy professionals.
Delegating Frees Up Your Time
The nature of entrepreneurship is that it requires a lot of ideation, planning and organization. No matter your core focus, taking on lower-order tasks that could be handled by someone else, means an unnecessary increase in your workload. The result? Poor performance on all fronts. By freeing up your time through delegation of these smaller tasks, you’ll find yourself becoming more organized and creative, which can only positively affect the business.
Delegating Develops Your Skills as a Manager
Managers are only as good as their teams. In fact, your team is a direct reflection of your skills as a leader. By delegating tasks, you will notice a growth in your management capabilities as you learn to develop your team effectively. Recognizing your team members’ skill sets and how to best allocate them to specific tasks will not only benefit the business but will benefit the team members as well. The more you delegate team members with a variety of tasks, the more adaptable and self-motivated employees they will become.
Delegation Builds Trust and Openness Among Your Team
Entrepreneurs who fail to delegate adequately often experience low engagement and poor communication within their teams. As a result, team members may not operate cohesively as they attempt to perform without sufficient guidance. If employees don’t feel that their skills are being taken seriously or put to good use, you will begin to notice a decline in morale. Effective delegation can actually empower employees, which in turn stimulates creativity and boosts performance.
Rather than taking on more work than needed, when it comes to managing – work smarter, not harder. Delegation is a skill in its own right and is essential for great leaders to manage their teams effectively. By investing time in teaching your skills to your employees, you’ll free up more time for yourself in the long run. Remember, no man (or woman) is an island. And having employees perform a new skill well is still a reflection of your own abilities.
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