“It’s amazing what can be accomplished by any person if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” – Ronald Reagan.  

Have you known anyone that truly believes and lives in the saying that if you have to want something done right, do it yourself? I am sure that you do not have to think back to far or too hard to pinpoint someone in your head. Where does this belief come from? Why is it so easy to fall back on? More often than not, we see this with business owners who have had poor results from key employees in the past and now they have become jaded to the belief that someone else can perform to their standards. It also is a strong trait in people who are perfectionists when it comes to their craft. Regardless of the reason, it often results in the same effect, a bad work environment. Learning to properly delegate and empower your team can be one of the most beneficial things you incorporate into your business, and can be a major tool in pushing your company to its goals. 

Why Delegate? 

What is the benefit of delegation? If I know I can do this task perfectly, why would I entrust it to someone else? Just because you CAN do something doesn’t necessarily mean you need to. Imagine if you passed that task on to someone else in your office. That simple pass off just put three separate things into action. First, you freed yourself up for time to perfect another skill or learn another process that will better your company. Second, you just put your trust into an employee and gave them the chance to participate in the company’s success. That trust will be something most employees will never forget and will push them to want to achieve more. Third, you have created active communication with your staff by giving them a priority and objective. It seems simple, but having clear objectives can be massive in creating efficiency and teamwork. At the end of the day, two brains are better than one and a second pair of eyes can be exactly what you need to find something you may have overlooked.  

How to Delegate? 

The Art of Delegation does not come from simply doing it. You have to make sure you are properly delegating so that your team is empowered instead of stressed and you receive results instead of disappointment. If you are not properly delegating you can find yourself hindering results and slowing progress. The following steps will help you delegate properly. 

  • Understand your team – Most teams are made up of people with unique skill sets. Learn them and delegate effectively with tasks that make sense for that skill set. 
  • Establish CLEAR objectives – When you delegate a task you have to make sure that you have made it abundantly clear what you want the results to be. Don’t make your employee read your mind. Focus on communicating the RESULTS you want them to achieve, and don’t try to dictate too much on the way it’s done.
  • New and old – When you delegate a task, make sure you are thinking about the employee’s knowledge in the workplace. If you have someone fairly new, do not assign them a difficult task. Give them something easy to understand and achieve. Save your harder delegated tasks for your veteran employees. Success breeds success. 
  • Brainstorm – When you do delegate a task to someone, take the time to talk about the tasks with them. A quick 5 mintue brainstorm session can get them started on the right track and help build confidence. 

Trusting your team and relinquishing some of that control may seem like a scary thought in the moment, but it can be the one decision you make that changes the entire feel of your company. You will build a stronger team, environment and process. You will also make yourself a stronger leader. 

 “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men and women to do what he wants done and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Teddy Roosevelt