Learning to delegate offers tremendous benefits to you in terms of finding life balance but also helps those you delegate to learn to be more productive and be more efficient…
One of the biggest reasons people fear delegating, is their belief that it somehow makes them “less” (of a boss, mother, chairperson, etc…). Yet, ironically, the opposite is usually true. Most often, people view others who delegate as MORE in control, MORE organized, MORE intelligent, and MORE powerful! There are many benefits to delegating!
Learning to delegate is an essential part of leadership development. Being a leader requires followers. And to gain followers, you must do something to inspire others to follow you. Very few people are inspired to follow someone who looks or acts miserable from running themselves ragged—accomplishing only what they themselves can personally do and doing so in a slipshod manner because they don’t have time to do it all by themselves in the first place!
Here are the specific benefits to you and your team when you learn to delegate:
You Save Time When You Learn to Delegate
By delegating certain tasks to others, you can accomplish more in less time. Since time management skills and improving time management are something most people want to improve, this is a great benefit! Basically, you should be delegating things that anyone on your team can do with the same (or similar) degree of success you would obtain. When your time is limited, this allows you the time to do the things only you can do, the way you do, and that need your personal touch.
You Achieve More When You Learn to Delegate
Leaders accomplish more and achieve more. Without delegating some tasks to others, you are limited to accomplishing only what you yourself can personally do. This will either result in diminished achievement or – for a limited time at least – you might achieve your desired results, but at your own personal expense. Some other area of your life will likely suffer. Accomplish more by doing less!
You Elevate Your Own Value When You Learn to Delegate
When you learn to delegate, this actually increases perception of your value in the eyes of others. By allowing your team members to have some responsibility and ownership of certain tasks, it is an important part of building self confidence for them as it raises their self worth, and in turn, you increase their respect of – and loyalty to – you.
Your Team Members Develop As Vital Members of the Whole
As we already mentioned, just like you or anyone – your team members need to feel valued in order to make valuable contributions. By delegating to them, you help them to gain confidence and increase self-worth. When this happens, you will find that the value of their contributions will increase as well. This can elevate your entire team and the results you can produce.
The end result of learning to delegate being a team that has learned to be more productive and be more efficient.
While learning to delegate has all these positive impacts on your perceived leadership and helps to improve confidence and the self worth of your team members, some of the most important benefits you will see are in the outcomes your team will generate. By maximizing your own contribution, and the talents and input of those on your team, you will most often find you will get better results, with greater outcomes, in less time. The end result being a team that works together as a unit, productively and efficiently.
Susan Sly is a best selling author, speaker and entrepreneur. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television and the CBN. Susan is the mother of five children and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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