Delegating can be very difficult for many leaders. What they do not realize is that it actually can benefit not only them but their employees too. There are really three important reasons to delegate work: to better control our use of time, to build our people, and to motivate our people.
Better Control Our Use Of Time
You come into work, you begin to check emails, then the phone rings, a coworker then steps into your office, before you know it is lunch time. Sound familiar? You haven’t even begun to start you day and already you are behind. You need to delegate tasks. Delegating frees up your time so you can focus on what you were paid to do…Lead. Many leaders waste time on stuff that they can easier pass along to their people so they can focus on leading.
Build Our People
As a leader if is your job to watch your people grow. Give them challenges, be their “Teacher”. When you pass along a new task or job it gives your worker a chance to grow from the knowledge they are learning while completing that task. There’s no better satisfaction than having a worker advance in an organization due to your help.
Motivate Our People
Positive reinforcement pushes workers to work better. Ever notice that? When you pass along a task it represents the confidence you have in your worker to complete it therefore boosting self esteem.
When looking through these three lenses, we usually find a reason to assign most of the work on our desks to others. The higher you are in the organization, the more your role should be growing and developing the organization and less “doing.” Be sure to sit down, create a task list, match them up to the workers who can handle the tasks and agree on a deadline. Delegation should be a primary tool you use.
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