So Much to Do...So Little Time... But I Can't Let Go
Most leaders know that delegating properly can save time and money, build relationships and motivate people. However, letting go of tasks and actions that are your responsibility is easier said than done. The next time your to-do list is bursting at the seams, follow these 4 steps to practice effective delegation:
- Resist the Urge to Be a Lone Ranger: Trying to do it all yourself can be mentally exhausting. It can also limit the productivity of your department. You have a capable and qualified team, so leverage their skills.
- Start Small. If you are a highly engaged leader who is slightly uncomfortable with relinquishing your responsibilities, remember it is ok to start small. Analyze your current tasks and identify one low-risk item that could be done by someone else.
- Cultivate Autonomy. Select the right person for the task. Encourage independence by allowing that person the freedom to work through the new assignment with minimal supervision. Be willing to accept other ways of doing the job as long as objectives are met. Remember to follow up in a positive manner, show appreciation and compliment the employee when appropriate.
- Focus on the Benefits. Be mindful that effective delegation has short-term and long-term benefits. Not only will it provide you with additional time to focus on key tasks, but when done properly, delegating can also be used to develop others.