“Leaders who are strongest at delegation are those who are dedicated to using the tasks that come across their desks as development opportunities for others.” – Clemson Turregano
Do you feel stressed and overloaded? Or that your career seems stalled?
If so, then you may need to look at your delegation skills. Your ability to efficiently delegate tasks allows you as an entrepreneur the freedom and flexibility to work on additional projects. There’s only a limited amount of work you can do in a day; regardless hard you work. We are all limited by the number of hours we have in a day and there are a limited number of tasks you can complete in these hours. Your success is limited by your ability to manage your tasks. Which ones will you take upon yourself and which one will you delegate?
With success will come more demands of your products and services. This can lead to a real sense of pressure and work overload, since you can’t do everything that everyone wants, which many times leads to stress, unhappiness and feeling that you’re not meeting the expectation people have from you.
If you can master this skill, you can be genuinely successful!
Here are eight essentials for effective management and delegation:
1. Stop believing that you are the only one that can do your tasks.
2. Know when to turn it over.
3. Be clear in your own mind about the task(s) you are planning on delegating. Beware of delegating without directions, as it may cause chaos and poor work quality.
4. Delegate tasks to the right person. This frees you to do more things of higher value.
5. Don’t look for perfection. Remember that your objective is to get the job done.
6. Make sure that the person to whom you are delegating understands the task(s).
7. Delegate teachable skills. Delegating is not about passing the “hot potatoes” or tasks your don’t enjoy to someone else. It is an opportunity to let your employees increase their skills.
8. Delegate smaller tasks to newer staff to build their confidence and competence.
For delegation to be effective, make certain to arrange a realistic and reachable deadline for any delegated work that you dispense. Make certain that the delegation is fair and balanced and is workable for the individual to whom you assigned to. Always be particular about what you want done when you delegate work so as to prevent any confusion and to make certain that you accomplish the desired outcomes necessary.
Finally, devise a follow-up process to report back to you to get feedback on the individual’s progress. However, avoid micro-managing since it would defeat the purpose of gaining efficiency for you and your employees.