As a leader, you will find yourself with one too many tasks to accomplish and very little time to do so. Therefore, having the ability to prioritize and delegate tasks are crucial skills that you will need to develop early in your career. While delegating may seem like a reasonably straightforward process, it’s not quite as easy as it looks. Simply assigning tasks to anyone is not enough; you have to learn to delegate before you can do it successfully.
- Don’t Delegate A Task To Someone Who Is Not Ready
Being a leader means positioning your team for success while helping them navigate and handle failure. When it comes to delegating tasks you are going to want to avoid giving important responsibilities to someone who is not ready. Whether it is because they are too new to handle it or they have no experience with what they would be doing, you would just be setting them up for failure if you gave them a task they couldn’t handle. When they are ready for the challenge that is when you can offer the assignment. Be ready to provide feedback to your team members if they do end up making a mistake. The key is not to punish them for their failure, but instead provide them with advice on what they could do better next time.
The old saying “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” may be one of the most destructive attitudes for leaders to take. If a good leader wants something done well, they need to teach someone how to do it or give them the tools they need to learn. When you assign a task, answer any questions that the individual has without judgment and ensure they get accurate, detailed instructions. Remember that the best way to do something is not always the way you do it; that’s just the way you prefer to accomplish the job. They may even find a more efficient way to do the job, one that they were able to see because of their fresh perspective and previous experiences.
- Delegate Important Tasks Too
If you want to lose the respect of your team fast, assign trivial tasks for members of your team to complete. Employees want to be trusted enough to get important assignments. They want to rise to the challenge and exceed your expectations. Ensure that you give them the chance to do so. They will appreciate the fact that they can strengthen skills that they usually don’t in their role.