If you are like most leaders, you probably know you need to delegate more.
However, you are likely telling yourself, “If I want something done properly, I have to do it myself.”
I have heard this statement hundreds of times over the years.
It’s a mindset that needs to be shifted, as it is just not true.
So, if you have said this statement yourself, what can you do to overcome this perspective so you can delegate more?
1. Remove your ego.
You are definitely not the only one who can do a task properly. After all, there was someone who completed it before you, and there will be a different person doing it when you move into another role or job.
2. Stop doing other people’s jobs.
It’s highly likely that 2-3 tasks on your to-do list are no longer your responsibility. It’s time to let go. Take the time to delegate these tasks so that you can focus on what you are paid to do.
3. Trust your team.
Letting go means that you need to trust other people. Sure, they might fail or not complete the task thoroughly at the beginning. This is normal. However, if you trust that you have hired smart, capable people, give them the time and space to prove themselves to you.
4. Let them do the task their way.
There are likely many “right ways” to complete any task. Since we are all wired differently, when you delegate to others, give them the space and courtesy to develop their methodology to get the job done. Using their own methods will make them feel more accountable and take more ownership of the task.
5. Let them spread their wings, or you won’t retain them.
To be engaged at work, people need to be learning and growing. If you don’t delegate, your team’s motivation will dwindle. People want to develop their skills. They want to grow in their career. Don’t hold them back. Delegation is one of the best tools to develop your people. It’s also one of the most underrated retention strategies.
So, take a minute to review your to-do list.
- Identify one or two things that you can delegate.
- Consider who would be a good candidate to do this task.
- Then let go!
It will be great to get this task off your plate.
It will be great for your team members to feel like they are learning and growing in their roles!