A global survey conducted by the
Association of Executive Search Consultants
involving 1,311 senior executives found that 46% of
respondents felt their work/life balance has changed
over the last 5 years, for the worse.
It is no surprise that technology is a leading
culprit in leadership exhaustion. PDA's keep us
on call 24/7 and email seems to multiply overnight.
Leaders are asked to accomplish more in less
uninterrupted time. So what to do? Delegation is key.
Consider delegation as a win-win opportunity; you
provide yourself some much needed time to
concentrate on your primary objectives while offering
someone else an opportunity to stretch into new
Leaders can hand off more to
direct reports but often do not because of the
perceived time investment. How much time
would be saved in the long run by having a well
rounded team ready to step up to the plate when
you need them? The next time you're tempted to
come in early or stay late ask yourself, "who has the
attitude and aptitude to take this on?" If you can't
come up with an answer, you may want to take
another look at our previous Performance Pointer on
Interviewing and Selection. As leaders, we need the
right players in the dugout.
Are You Delegating Enough?
Consider how much time you are spending on
tactical, non-strategic tasks. How much time
would you free up by not doing work that could be
given to someone else to complete? Are you allowing
your staff to delegate up?
be time to give up or give back duties that consume
your valuable time and leave you further from your
goals. Prioritize your work week to spend the
most time on activities that produce the greatest
impact and leverage your special strengths.
Approach delegation as a development opportunity
for both parties; you will learn to let go and improve
your ability to prioritize and they will get to take on
new challenges and acquire new skills. In the end,
were you really hired for quantity of work or quality
of work? It may be time to rethink that to-do list.