Learn to Delegate: One of the Most Important Management Skills

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Leaders need to learn to delegate for their own sanity, but also for the business to perform well.  Trying to manage a company without delegating is like looking to survive the zombie apocalypse on your own. You might be able to, but the workplace stress alone will be enough to depress you. 

A one-man-army isn’t useful for any organization since they can’t sustain this performance. Not only that, managers who aren’t good at delegating tasks efficiently find themselves performing poorly and end up burning themselves and their staff out.

Here, we’ll look into how managers can delegate effectively and improve not only their own, but also their team’s performance.

Understand Your Delegation Skills

Delegation is an essential skill; one that not only helps you handle challenges and increases workload but also to motivate and inspire staff, by giving them new opportunities for growth. Unfortunately, this isn’t a skill that you learn in school, nor one that everyone possesses. This is a skill that needs to be developed and practiced. To understand where you stand, consider the following:

  • Do you find yourself working extra hours while your subordinates leave on time or early?
  • Are projects backlogged because everyone is too dependent on you?
  • Do you find yourself doing things that subordinates should be (or can be) doing?
  • Do you do things, just because you have the ability/ talent, even though it is not your responsibility?

If you answered yes to at least two of these questions, you could use a hand. Leadership coaching or online management training can help you delegate better but before you get to those, let’s consider explore why delegating is important.

Benefits of Effective Delegation

Now that you know what poor delegation can do, let’s look at what you can do once you’ve mastered the art and skill of delegating.

When You Learn to Delegate, as a Manager:

  • You and your team start achieving milestones at a much quicker pace.
  • Your employees will be motivated to learn and grow.
  • You engage subordinates showing them how they will be able to grow.
  • You have more time to focus on your most important work. Yes you are skilled, however, not at everything. Be a master of one, not a Jack of all.
  • You have better management of your time and get to leave on time.
  • Your team is empowered and more responsible; better prepared to make decisions in your absence.

When You Delegate as a Leader

As a leader, the biggest benefit you’ll get is that of a highly motivated and energetic workforce. You will be able to:

  • Identify skills and talents within employees, promoting them accordingly.
  • Give your employees a sense of responsibility and therefore power. Upon completion of projects, they get a sense of fulfillment and thus, stick around for longer.
  • Delegation is like giving your employees a small promotion, but without the pay increase.
  • Employees learn to trust you. This in turn will reduce workplace stress.

You won’t transition to becoming a good delegator overnight, but the process is faster with the right help. Let us help you take the next step in your career via our leadership training options or online management training sessions. 

Check out our online course below, it is packed with checklists and strategies to help you know what and how to delegate.

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Dr. Cynthia Howard

Executive Coach  Performance Consultant  LSSBB

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