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August 2, 2015

Are You Afraid to Delegate?

Delegation is one of the most important tools you have for being positively productive and developing the skillsets of your team. Despite the benefits of delegation, many managers just don’t do it! shutterstock_133981205

Some managers are reluctant to delegate because delegation requires them to transfer authority to the person performing the task. By transferring the responsibility to someone else, they lose direct control over the outcome, but as a manager, they are still accountable for the results.

The key to success is giving the person the support, resources, and training they need to ensure a positive outcome, which leads to another objection. In my Go System workshop, managers state that they don’t delegate because it takes time to bring the employee up to speed.

Yes, it can take time, but you need to think of this time as an investment. If you are doing tasks that should be delegated, you are wasting your time. Keep in mind that after the employee gets up to speed, the task will be off your desk, leaving you with more time for the tasks that only you can do.

See my blog posts Avoid These Delegation Pitfalls and Delegate for Results for more information on how to make a delegated assignment work.

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