A lot of type-A successful people have two things in common: they work hard, and they get things done on their own. Napoleon Bonaparte fit into this category and is known for saying: “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” What’s interesting is that even though drive and a strong work ethic are essential for success, trying to do it all yourself can actually hold you back and can limit your greatness.
Maybe that was the case for our French friend since he never reached his full ambitions and ended up in exile. (And – we certainly don’t want to take him on as our leadership example either!) So, let’s tweak the well-known saying to make it something stronger…
OUR NEW MANTRA: If you want something done well, delegate it.
How Delegating Can Help Your Business
Having someone (a group of people) that you trust to get the job done is crucial for business growth. For one, it is going to save you time. With this time, you’ll be able to focus on more important things like finding new clients or moving into a new niche.
It’ll also make you a better business owner. Rather than putting average effort into all aspects of your wedding business by yourself, why not delegate a few things so that every task gets the attention and level of expertise that it deserves?
Your employees will grow too! By letting go and giving up some of the control as you delegate, you are allowing others to learn new skills and improve their abilities. Passing off responsibility creates strong performers. What you really want to be as a “boss” is a mentor. Mentors hire for attributes, take time to train employees, and accepts personal responsibility when something goes wrong.
Morale will improve as well. No one likes to be micro-managed. Giving your team space will make the work environment better for everyone, including you.
Last but not least, letting go and delegating out some of the workload can help you make more moolah. When work is spread out, you’ll be freed up take on more projects and rake in more money.
How to Delegate Like a Boss
In a previous post, I wrote about the five steps you can follow when learning to delegate. Here’s a recap:
- Make a list of all the tasks you need to get done.
- Figure out what you don’t like to do (tasks on the list). Circle those.
- Choose a few tasks from the circled items to delegate—no more than 3.
- Figure out who is most qualified to take on these tasks and assign them.
- Let go!
Number five is definitely the hardest part, but you can do it. Start by taking a deep breath.
Then, allow your employees the chance to show you what they can do.
As you delegate more tasks, provide regular feedback. We recommend giving employees formal reviews at least twice a year. (See The People Plan for review templates.) Make sure the conversation goes both ways. What do they feel is going well? What needs to be changed?
Finally, resist taking back control. If things aren’t going well, help those you’ve handed the reigns find a solution, but don’t jerk them away.
You’ll be delegating like a boss in no time!
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