First published February 20, 2019. Updated November 11, 2019
You probably have realized by now that you can’t do it all.
As much as you want to have a long checklist of things to do every day, this will not help you in leading your team effectively.
To achieve goals of the organization, your team goals and your personal goals, you need to prioritize your time.
All of these take time. In fact, some take a long time.
So, what you do every day will matter.
It will either determine your path towards achieving your goals or not.
At work, delegation is a key skill of effective leadership. Champion leaders use this to achieve consistent results. And this is one of the habits you need to build early on to become a good leader.
Like any skill, this can be learned, and you can get better at it.
I’m sure you’ve heard of managers who perpetually delegates. I think the negative connotation is brought about my unclear objectives of the task.
But if you delegate correctly, it will not only do wonders for you, but it will also truly transform your team from good to great.
Why do you need to delegate and how can it make you a better boss?
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There are so many reasons why but I’ll focus on 3.
1. It will help you in your personal development
I’m sure some people will not agree with me on this but it’s true.
Delegating work to your team takes a lot of work. Yup, the right way to delegate takes work before actually delegating the work.
To prepare for a task to be delegated, you must first understand what the task entails and if the person you’re going to delegate it to is skilled enough to complete the task to meet your standards.
This means that you need to be organized. You need to understand the output needed to get the goal achieved.
This also means that you have full understanding of the ability of your team or the person you will delegate the work to.
This is why delegating is a personal development skill. It’s not just an email with “do this” or “do that”. It’s far more than that if you want the goal achieved.
It takes organization, analytical and decision-making skills before you can delegate work.
More importantly, you’ll need to be okay with not having full control of the project or tasks.
This is a common pitfall that I’ve seen in managers especially with First-Time Managers.
Don’t be a control freak at work. Otherwise, there will be even bigger disasters that you’ll have to deal with.
You can only anticipate and prepare for potential issues but even then, you cannot 100% control what can happen.
In delegating effectively, you’ll need to relieve control and this takes maturity and confidence in yourself. This is by far the hardest thing that most millennial managers that I’ve handled in the past had to get over.
But as soon as that confidence kicks in, delegating became easier.
2. It will give opportunities for your team to grow
Delegating makes you a better boss if the tasks that you will assign to your team makes them be better individuals or professionals.
This means that delegating mundane things – getting coffee, printing the presentation for you and simple tasks are not tasks that should be delegated.
Do not insult your team’s intelligence by having them do these no-brainer tasks. Believe me, if you do, not only will it be misunderstood as power tripping but will also build an unfavorable reputation for you.
Delegate the tasks that they look forward doing. It needs to be compelling for your team to be motivated to achieve the goal.
The projects that get delegated with clear understanding of the goal and specific output are the ones that will run on its own with very minimal guidance from you.
These projects will help your team’s skills on problem solving, partnership, time management and decision making improve as they become diligent to achieve the goals.
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3. It will give you more time to focus on more important initiatives
When delegating is done correctly, you will have time to focus on other important initiatives that need your attention.
I learned over the years that I am able to do more strategic projects instead of being focused on day to day operations when I delegate effectively.
With more time, I can work on my skills on leadership that I put off because of tasks that I could’ve delegated in the first place.
These 3 reasons why delegating not only makes you a better boss also help you and your team achieve consistent results.
You cannot do everything on your own. You will need your team to help you get to the performance needed to get to the goals.
Delegating work makes you an effective leader for a variety of reasons. It will improve your leadership skills because you are developing your team to be better managers. You will have more time to focus on more important initiatives thereby improving your personal development. Delegating is an important leadership skill that an effective leader must have in order to achieve consistent results.
About Daisy Casio
Daisy is the creator of ChampLeaders. She has a husband, a toddler, a passion for travel and love for learning something new everyday. She writes about leadership, motivation, career tips and many more. Daisy hopes to share her mantra on being positive and living your best self now.
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