As the leader of your small business, there are several moves you will have to make at different points in time to ensure that your start-up continues on the path to success. As your business continues to grow, it’s inevitable that certain adjustments will have to be made in order to facilitate your climb to the top, and one such adjustment is undoubtedly mastering the skill of delegation.
As the leader of your small business, there are several moves you will have to make at different points in time to ensure that your start-up continues on the path to success. As your business continues to grow, it’s inevitable that certain adjustments will have to be made in order to facilitate your climb to the top, and one such adjustment is undoubtedly mastering the skill of delegation. Unfortunately, sharing the load doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. However, it’s important to try and remind yourself that single-handed success is not always sustainable and sometimes, even “super-human you” needs some help. At the end of the day, it’s in your business’s best interest if you learn to relinquish some of the control and work, and let other people handle it. If you’re wondering what you need to do to delegate effectively, then be sure to read on and discover some useful tips.
Define the task and communicate it clearly
Once you’ve made the decision to delegate some of your work to others, you’ll need to put aside adequate time to take them through what needs to be done. Defining the task at hand and communicating exactly what is required and why is an important part of the delegation process. Making sure that everyone involved fully understands all the elements of a specific job is key to ensuring its successful completion – if all the necessary information isn’t provided from the start, the project is bound to fail.
Match the right people to the right tasks
Before attempting to explain what needs to be done, it’s vital that you select the right people for the job. Take people’s skills and capabilities into account here because if delegation is going to be considered successful, the work has to match the people tackling it. Trust plays a large part here. It’s very often about learning to let go and trusting that the people you choose to handle the task will do a good job.
This is effectively part of the communication process. Once all the necessary information has been shared with the parties involved, it’s necessary to go a step further whereby you establish certain things, such as an expected standard of quality, an achievable deadline, a fair timeline for completion and of course, your overall expectations. Once these have been conveyed, it will be much easier for the job to get done – and well. Everyone operates differently, but as long as expectation and goals are clear, the method used to satisfy these shouldn’t matter all that much.
The act of delegation should ultimately be win-win for both manager/employer and employee. There is a limited amount of work one person can do in a day, so through delegating, you avoid suffering from burn out and you free up some extra time to be able to turn your attention to another area of the business. At the same time, those receiving the work are able to develop new skills or explore other areas in which they feel they may excel. Training and guidance will be required when you hand over work, yet it will prove very worthwhile in the end, when you’re able to have less on your plate and at the same time, empower others by giving them more responsibility and possibly even a new skill-set.
Helpful tip: Patience is required when delegating, so be prepared for this as much as possible.
Track the progress
So once you’ve delegated certain tasks, that doesn’t mean you step completely back. To ensure that things stay on-track and that they’re getting done correctly, you’ll need to check in every so often. Follow ups are crucial both for those carrying out the job, as well as for you: they allow you to give valuable feedback and provide you with peace of mind – something you’ll most certainly need, particularly when you first start delegating. Remember though: checking up on the progress taking place is different to micro-managing people.
Thank and recognise
This is an important way of rounding up the delegation process. Recognising peoples’ efforts and good work is vital at the best of times, but even more so when they’ve been successful at something that perhaps they’ve never had to do before. Praise can help build a strong team and create an environment in which they feel motivated and empowered – two vital ingredients for high levels of productivity and of course, success.
Delegation is a skill that every business leader should aspire to master because as a business grows, so leaders need to learn to let go more and stop stretching themselves too thinly. There’s no shame in asking for help. As long as the right tasks are delegated to the right people, chances are you will help propel yourself, your staff and your business forward.
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