Monday, 26 October 2020 16:28

Why is Delegation So Hard for Business Leaders?

Many business leaders struggle with the issue of delegating tasks to team members at one point or another. Especially in the cases of leaders who started out as entrepreneurs, it can be difficult to work past the mindset that “I’m am the only one who knows how to get this done!”delegation

Often times, a consequence of this is business inefficiencies. Important but routine tasks can get overlooked, and key responsibilities can go unaddressed. Work goes uncompleted. As a result, stress levels can increase, causing even the most self-confident leader to wonder if they are up to the task of leading their teams.

For these reasons and more, that is why delegation is such a crucial skill for leaders to acquire. But before mastering the skill of delegation, it is important to reflect on why you might be resisting it.

In addition to a few of the reasons listed above, some other justifications for not delegating tasks include the desire to get full credit for work completed; a reluctance to trust anyone else with responsibilities, and even not understanding how the process of delegation works.

Whatever the reason may be, the benefits of delegation are clear.

  • Opportunities for your team to develop new skills and build confidence
  • A well-deserved break from overwork
  • More time to focus on long-term strategy, rather than “putting out fires” during normal business operations

The first step when beginning to delegate is to understand your specific needs. An effective starting point is to track your times. Find where your time is going and what are your biggest time drains. When you understand this, it leads to a more effective delegation of tasks to your team members.

Some other tips to becoming a better delegator are:

Find the right person for the task. Do you know someone who might best assume responsibility for a key job within the organization? There may already be an individual employee whom you can see stepping up to the challenge. If not, speak to the appropriate department head about identifying that individual and making certain you’ve got the right person for the job. 

Layout your expectations. When delegating a task, be sure team members clearly understand the scope of the responsibility you are trusting them with. Provide them all the relevant information and resources needed to handle the task, Otherwise, delegation becomes an empty and non-productive exercise. 

Realize that mistakes will happen. If you are afraid someone else might bungle the task you delegated to them, you’ll never clear your schedule for more important matters. Mistakes happen. But that’s all part of the delegation experience, and it has its benefits, in the form of the valuable experience it provides for the future.

Resist taking over after delegating a task.  If someone on your team faces an obstacle in his or her work, don’t allow that person to shift responsibility or decision-making back to you. Instead, challenge the individual to move forward. One way of accomplishing this is by asking thoughtful questions rather than simply providing answers. 

Effective delegation helps develop employees into potential leaders. In the hardwood lumber industry, strong leadership plays a critical role throughout all aspects of our business. From sawmills to lumber buyers, the sales team, and other departments. One person can’t do it all. Delegation builds stronger teams, which often results in higher productivity and more successful employee retention.

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