For years I struggled with delegating.
Sometimes, fear of losing control of the task would hold me back. Other times, pressed by time, I would simply do the job myself rather than invest that time in teaching someone else.
I’ve also had my bad experiences, delegated assignments that were poorly done or missed my deadlines.
Learning to delegate takes practice, but the rewards are worth the time and energy we put into mastering this skill.
A few delegating hacks:
- Control your need to say how tasks should be accomplished. To do this, see the process of delegation as a way of developing the skills of your team, and trust in their ability to get the job done. You’ll be surprised.
- Recognize that this is a learning experience for you and your teammates. Don’t leave them alone. Always offer the proper training or guidance.
- When possible, delegate an entire project, not only tasks; this will increase motivation and commitment.
- Provide clear guidelines for follow-up, progress, and feedback.
- “Let me know if you run into any problems.” — magic words for success.
- You will fail without clear goals and expected outcomes.
- Define how you will measure success together with your teammate before getting started.
- Encourage your team to share their interests.
- Share responsibility with your team for the overall result.
- Avoid dumping only tedious or difficult jobs on your teammates. Delegate projects that can be enjoyable and rewarding.
- Delegate to people you trust. Your ability to select the right person is key to success.
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