As a leader, you’ll need to learn to master the art of delegating tasks and projects to other members of your team. It can be easy to get trapped in the mindset that it’s all up to you to get something done and that you’re the one who knows how to do it the best way possible, but you’re only setting yourself up for failure. If you want to be a truly effective leader, you need to learn how to prioritize tasks and determine what can be delegated to someone else in order to give you time to focus on more important work. Follow these tips to improve your delegation and leadership skills.
Learn to be less controlling
You can delegate as much as you want, but until you learn to be less controlling, you’ll be anxious over how the delegation is going and likely hinder any progress the employee is making. Figure out what issues are preventing you from delegating and then work on overcoming those in order to start successfully delegating tasks to others.
Create a strong team
If you want delegating to go well, you need to create a strong team around yourself. As you delegate tasks to different people, work on knowing who possesses what strengths. You want to know your team well enough to properly match each person with the project they’re best suited for. Do not be afraid to teach new skills throughout the year in order to give employees the tools they need to be able to handle tasks you’ll want to delegate. Also, build strong communication so your employees know they can talk to you if they have questions.
Prioritize your tasks
Before you delegate, you’ll need to know how to prioritize your tasks for what can be given to others to work on and what you need to focus your own energy on. Prioritizing your work can be hard, but by taking time each day to evaluate all the work you need to complete and determining whether it’s important, urgent, or both, it makes it easier to discern what can be delegated.
Give clear instructions
One of the main issues with delegation is that employees are eager and able to do the work, but clear instructions are not given, so they end up missing important details or not completing the project in the way that the leader who delegated it was hoping for. If you have a specific idea for how you want something completed, remember to give clear instructions to whoever you’re delegating the work to.
Follow up with them
After you delegate work, the mark of a great leader is knowing when and how to follow up with your employee on the project. You want to avoid being too overbearing and making them feel as though they don’t have room to breathe, but it’s also helpful to periodically check-in to make sure the work is getting done and see if they have any questions you could clarify.