5 Filters to Help Leaders Determine What They Should (and Shouldn’t) Delegate

What should I delegate?

This is a question that baffles many leaders. They look around and see several projects and areas that may be opportunities for delegation, but they are not quite sure which ones to choose.

Wise delegation can accelerate your team’s success. It is a must for many leaders.

So let’s walk through five filters that will help you determine what should and should not be delegated.

  • Filter #1: Is it something that only you can do? Understanding your role serves as the first filter when determining what you should delegate. This might seem obvious, but do not delegate something that only you can or should do. You would be surprise how many leaders make the mistake of delegating a responsibility that can only be done effectively by someone who holds their position.
  • Filter #2: Is it something you are hindering? At some point, most leaders find themselves being a bottleneck for their team. Consider what has to go through you right now. On what are your team members waiting to hear back from you so they can move forward? And what would it look like if they could make the decision themselves?
  • Filter #3: Is it something that is falling through the cracks? We’ve all had items fall through the crack before. Sometimes we just forgot. Sometimes we were too busy to get to it. Other matters took priority. Instead of getting down and frustrated over something that was forgotten or left undone under your watch, let it serve as an indicator that the activity may need to be done by someone else.
  • Filter #4: Is it something a team member is passionate about? If there is a responsibility that aligns with a team member’s passion, you should consider handing it off to them. Such a move improves morale and puts someone who can give the responsibility greater energy over it.
  • Filter #5: Is it a true opportunity? Sometimes you need to delegate to free up your ability to do what only you can do. But, ideally, you want to delegate responsibility because it provides a great opportunity for your team member and the organization.

Delegation can be difficult. But walking through these filters should help you determine whether or not a particular responsibility should or should not be given to one of your team members.

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