Delegation is an art that very often feels like abstract art! Many of us don't understand it's nuances. We know we cannot do everything by ourselves, but it just feels so much easier to take the tougher route sometimes. Not many of us are comfortable with the idea of delegation. Let’s face it- most of us despise the idea.
The fear around delegation is essentially the fear of the consequences of bad hiring practices. If you are worried about delegating tasks to people you pay, it means you don’t trust them enough. A lack of trust often stems from a lack of faith in their abilities. Abilities are attributes that should be judged in an interview. Hence, we have a failed process.
Beyond this, some leaders are innately averse to delegating. There is an underlying feeling that no one can do a job as well as us, and it is easier, faster and more efficient to finish the job ourselves.
Great thinking, until the time comes when we simply cannot handle everything by ourselves. Learning the art of delegation is about learning to trust. Well, perhaps you may not be able to trust people right away, but surely you can find a way to trust your instincts about them? Once this internal hurdle is crossed, you will find that placing tasks in the right hands frees up time and gives you the resources you need to focus on the business itself.
Delegation In Eight StepsHere’s an eight-step plan to get delegation right every single time.
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