Delegation: The Key to Success

I think we all know one person simply can’t do it all. However, we still try, why?  I recently read an article put out by experts at NCSU.  They explained there are generally seven reasons why people don’t delegate:

  1. Not enough time to delegate.
  2. Fear of losing control.
  3. Not getting credit.
  4. Losing enjoyable tasks.
  5. Believing you can do it better.
  6. Fear of losing their job.
  7. No confidence in team members.

While these are all understandable concerns, they are, in fact, self-sabotaging and ultimately will affect your productivity. Delegating is a bit of an art and requires humility, trust, and faith in your own judgment as well as the people working for you.

I’ve come up with a few pointers that have helped me build confidence in delegating tasks. First, Communicate clearly.  Open, clear communication from the get-go is crucial to ensuring that the projects you delegate will be done well. From the very beginning of the project, be up-front about your expectations, including timelines and deliverables, and give your team members all the information they need to achieve those goals.

Second, check in but don’t be domineering. Checking in periodically will help you feel confident things are going the right direction.  It will also help the team member feel supported and get answers to questions as needed.

Third learn the strengths and weaknesses of your team. As you learn those, delegating, and picking the right people for the right job will become much easier and less time-intensive.

I’d love to hear your feedback. Do you have any tips that have worked for you to help build confidence in delegating tasks?

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