Why is delegating so tough for leaders?
There are many reasons why leaders struggle with delegation. Sometimes, the struggle results from certain lies the leader believes about the vital practice.
These myths have convinced the leader that avoiding delegation is best.
But there is a reason we refer to them as myths. They are simply untrue.
What are some of these myths? Here are four of them:
- It’s simple. Delegation is simple only if you are doing it wrong. Good delegation involves thought and strategy. There is complexity to delegation. Determining who and when to empower to accomplish a goal involves considering the strengths, weaknesses, and current responsibilities of team members.
- It’s lazy. You delegate because you just don’t feel like doing something, right? Wrong. You delegate so your team or organization can accomplish more. You realize that, by unnecessarily hoarding responsibilities, you create a bottleneck. Empowering someone is not lazy, it’s leadership.
- It creates busy work for others. It’s only busy work if you think delegation means creating meaningless tasks for your team members. But that is not delegation. Delegation is empowering team members to carry out vital responsibilities for the team and the organization.
- Your team hates it. Actually, it’s the opposite. What your team members hate is dealing with a bottleneck developed from a hoarding of direct involvement. Your team members want big responsibilities. They want to feel trusted. And they want to be empowered.
So how do you start delegating? Here are a few easy steps to get you started:
- Understand your role. Identify what is most important for your role. There are some responsibilities of your role that cannot and should not be delegate. Get to know what those responsibilities are.
- Get to know your team. Study each team member’s strengths and weaknesses. Where do they excel? When do they struggle? Successful delegation is about matching the right opportunity with the right person. You can’t do that if you don’t know your team.
- Strategize. Consider what it would look like to delegate certain responsibilities. What moves would give your team members the greatest potential to be successful?
Great leaders delegate well. They understand their limitations and their team’s potential. And they unleash this potential through empowerment.