Effective Delegation

October 10, 2013

Delegating (giving someone authority to act and react to situations without referring back to you) is an important management tool.

But many small business owners prefer to take on almost everything and find it difficult to divvy up tasks to staff members for fear of losing control.

Embracing effective delegation techniques will not only keep a business afloat but also help an owner work on rather than in the business.

Start by first analyzing your own needs at a managerial level. Analyze where strengths and weaknesses may lie and who can help shore up the weaknesses.

Do not let yourself get caught up in the delegation of the tasks. Consider how the delegation will have a directly positive impact on your business’ goals as a whole.

Building a team of trusted and capable members is crucial. Embrace the value of your team members.

Identify who is right for the task and then communicate effectively. Agree on the task to be done and how it should be accomplished – without dictating every single step.

Remember you are delegating the objective not the procedure. Take care not to force your ideas upon others. There is usually more than one way to do a job.

Set a deadline and have patience. Peering over a team member’s shoulder kills motivation and implies you do not have the confidence in your team member.

Do follow up and show that you are there for support. As the manager or owner you are responsible for the outcome of the project, whether you or a team member completed it.

Don’t delegate just the boring or tedious tasks. Keep team members motivated by assigning interesting jobs and be sure to spread the work evenly throughout the workplace.

Delegation only works when you put forth the effort to nurture your team and train them sufficiently.



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