When you’re first getting started as a business owner, you get accustomed to working on every aspect of your business. You’re involved in every single facet of the business and every single task that goes into serving your clients. This is important because you need to set things up exactly the way you want them and design your business processes in the best way possible. As your business grows, you will begin to need more people involved. You will begin to build your team who will bolster your business and help you reach your goals.
One major challenge is learning how to delegate. Knowing how to delegate is an important quality in being a leader. Delegating properly is also a feat of its own. So how do you know if you are delegating properly?
Leaders who delegate properly know how to regularly and fairly measure results. Each person on your team will have unique skill, talents and tasks. Finding a way to measure each member of your team’s performance fairly is essential. This can be achieved by ensuring that each member knows their value in the team, each must be aware of their role and know how they affect the success of the team as a whole. Regularly measuring results, sharing the information of the team and touching base with each individual is key.
Leaders who delegate properly create an open and honest environment. While it is a given that each team member is expected to function and execute their tasks with excellence, it is also important to foster a culture where you are open to new and innovative ideas that may boost performance. It is important for your team members to know that their opinion is valued and that you are open to hearing them. In creating this open and honest environment, a leader who delegates well allows room for the innovation and fresh ideas to grow and to work. Delegating can foster new opportunities for your team to be more inventive.
Leaders who delegate well provide the resources needed to foster growth and excellence. Regardless of cost, effort and time, if it is needed to improve and achieve goals, then it is worth it. As long as it will play a role in achieving goals, then it will never be a waste.
Leaders who delegate well do not micromanage. This can be very difficult especially if you are used to being involved in all aspects of your business from the get-go. Letting go and trusting your team can be a scary prospect. However, by being specific about what you want done and what the goals are and letting your team take care of how to get there, you not only encourage them to work hard towards attaining the goals you set, but you empower them.
Leaders who delegate well motivate. They give recognition where credit is due, they actively participate and track progress of each member and they encourage those who may be having a difficult time. They treat all members of their team with genuine care not just for the work they are doing but for their wellbeing as well.
Delegation can be challenging, especially when you have a business that you have poured your passion into. However, if you are going to be a good leader then you have to ensure that you are not wasting your time doing things that are not in the best interest of your business. Recognizing that all tasks are important, but do not have to be necessarily done by you personally can be challenging.
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