Some great benefits of delegation and why most leaders under-delegate
Managers and executives are often reluctant to delegate, as many believe the old adage, "If you want something to be done right, you have to do it yourself." While this may be the case in a few cases, a core component of leadership is getting the job done by others.
Reasons why managers under-delegate
While the main reason most managers underdelegate tasks is the fear of failure because important tasks are placed in someone else's hands, there are other reasons as well. Some feel that proper delegation takes longer than just doing the job yourself, and others even question their own ability to choose the right person for the job. However, by realizing the advantages of delegation, it is possible to overcome these objections.
Below are the 4 advantages of delegation:
1. It stops you from putting too many irons in the proverbial fire
Today's leaders and managers are motivated to be successful. For this reason, they often take on more projects than they can handle on their own. Fear of failure drives them to avoid delegation for fear that someone else will not do the job properly. When managers are juggling priorities at the same time, they are more likely to make mistakes. In this case, it is important to delegate tasks to the right people as managers and executives can focus on planning and organizing.
2. It creates trust, open communication and engagement among team members
Another benefit of delegation is to build trust, openness, and commitment among team members. Executives who do not delegate enough often have employees who are afraid to take initiative or who are concerned about bringing new ideas to the table. Managers who delegate tasks appropriately help build trust, and that trust is increased if these managers remain open to communication and listening. When employees really feel that their skills and talents are being used well, they are overall engaged and happier.
3. It stimulates creativity and develops skills in your team
Leaders who give their team members the freedom to do delegated tasks in their own way strengthen their team and give them a creative license. These employees are motivated to be successful not only for themselves and their own future, but also for the future of their employer. Additionally, this personal initiative can lead to creative breakthroughs that can benefit everyone involved, and it helps team members build some very specific skills.
4. It creates a positive corporate culture
Perhaps the best reason to delegate tasks to others has to do with the type of corporate culture a leader wants to create. The delegation helps raise the team's morale, improve efficiency and productivity, and foster enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration – – All of this is critical to the company's bottom line. It can also help lower turnover rates, minimize safety risks, and provide the company with a group of highly qualified employees who are experts at the right job.
While delegation is vital to the success of a company, it's important for managers and executives to remember that this is not a way of handing off unsavory tasks to others. In addition, executives should never micromanage delegated tasks. You should delegate effectively and provide communication and support, while allowing autonomy and creativity.
How could a better delegation help you be more effective as a leader?
– –David Grossman
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