As business owners, when we all started our businesses, we did it all, we needed to! Now, it’s time to start thinking about handing over some responsibility and letting go can be hard!
At first glance, doing it all, might have be necessary to save money but ultimately, it is not the best way to grow your business and lead you to future long term success.
Being a leader doesn’t have to mean you do everything yourself. Maybe it is time to start pin pointing who in your company is best suited to tackle certain projects and allowing them to do so.
Delegating will certainly lighten your workload but it will be so much more than that…You will be developing your workforce. Your staff will be gaining new skills and knowledge. It also shows your employees that you trust and respect them, this in turn will cause them to have greater dedication to their work and the company.
To delegate effectively, you want your team to share the workload and make progress that will benefit everyone. Here are some ways to start:
- Explain why you are delegating: Make clear why you chose them and why you are giving them more responsibility.
- Provide instructions: Do not micromanage but give well-defined goals and objectives they need to reach.
- Provide resources and training: Your team will be successful if they have the tools they need to get the job done.
- Delegate responsibility: Along with delegating a task, you want to make sure you authorize your staff to make decisions. You want to create an environment that will allow your people to ask questions, make decisions and then complete the work on their own.
When you are ready to delegate extra responsibility, here are some responsibilities that are a good place to start…
- Social Media Marketing
- Promotional material and design
- Resolving customer service issues
- Marketing Research
- Lead generation
- Administrative and accounting tasks
After you select the right employee for your project, be in contact with them often. This helps avoid any confusion with the assignment and guarantees that your tasks are completed on time.
Whether it’s fear of losing time, control, or credit, do not hesitate to delegate. Understandably, it can be difficult to let other people make decisions about your company
However, delegation can only succeed when you can relinquish control of the details and the decision making process. It’s important to recognize and tackle those concerns before handing over any kind of tasks.
When you move work off your plate, you can begin to focus on other projects and you will see the progress and growth both you and your company will make!
How do you handle the fear of learning to delegate tasks?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy