THE IMPORTANCE OF DELEGATION WHEN YOU’RE A LEADER
When we are tasked with overseeing a team or even a project, it can be easy to take charge and want to do everything yourself. It’s one of the reasons that the phrase “if you want something done right, do it yourself” exists – we think that if we want the job to be done well, we have to take on all the pressure. But as a leader, this could be your downfall.
Delegating transforms you from a manager into a leader. When you delegate, you develop your people and you generate enormous value for your organisation. Why? Because by allowing your team to shine and hone their own skills, you can focus on leadership tasks, i.e. running a business or department.
There are multiple reasons why managers choose not to delegate. It could be that you simply like to take control or that the work and effort to organise a team seems like too much of a challenge. However, once we let go of those concerns, we can utilise the team we have to get the job done well and your skills can be used for where your strengths lie.
Accepting that your skillset is unlikely to cover absolutely everything and recognising that others can help you is the first step to building a collaborative team. It promotes trust, boosts morale and champions a more effective way of working.
Here are just three reasons why delegating can benefit you, your team and your organisation.
You – Growth
By sharing out responsibilities amongst your team you’ll find you have more time to focus on the tasks that come with your leadership position. This could include strategizing future direction, conducting business analysis, controlling operations and coaching those in your team that may need help. All these tasks have a direct impact on the performance of your team and your organisation, so why wouldn’t you want to have more time to do that?
Your team – Empowerment
Communication is key within a team and by putting trust in your people, you are showing that they are valued. As they also start to take ownership of different aspects, team members will learn how to accept responsibility, plan their work and enlist the help of others.
Your organisation – Efficiency
Costs decrease when tasks are assigned to the right person at the right level. For instance, whenever someone at a higher pay scale carries out work that can be done well by someone at a lower pay scale, the organisation is spending more than it needs to.
By playing to your people’s strengths you’ll save money, recognise who needs additional training and improve job satisfaction for everyone involved.
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