This article comes from Entrepreneur.
If you want to help your key team members reach their goals, advance in their careers and provide more value to your company, it’s essential to learn to delegate like a boss.
Frequently, micromanaging bosses shy away from delegating due to fear that the job won’t be done “right,” or a belief that it will take longer to explain than to simply do it yourself.
Effective delegation may require a bit more time and attention upfront. But, that’s how we all learn new skills — by repetition and practice. Once the employee learns how to handle that task efficiently, the investment pays off in more time and space for you, as well as enhanced productivity for your company.
Deciding which tasks to delegate can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task itself. Think about it in terms of time management. You’re working on letting go of things that are weighing you down. Primarily, you’ll want to identify two different types of tasks:
To make delegation a seamless part of your workflow, think about creating a business system that supports delegating all kinds of tasks.
Start with a time management exercise in which you look at how you spend your days. Make a list of all the specific tasks that need delegating, then think of one or more employees who would be a good fit for those tasks.
Another way to create a more systemized approach to delegation is to create a simple template for delegation memos (or email message if that’s more convenient for you). Use designated fields for the following:
Follow up on delegated tasks. For larger projects, ask for regular briefings to make sure you’re on top of the overall progress or big-picture view. To be a successful delegator you need to let go of some degree of control, so don’t micromanage the “how.” Just make sure you’re aware of the current status and available to answer questions.
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