Here Are Four Reasons Why You Must Delegate Authority To Succeed.
"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." Ronald Reagan
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” Andrew Carnegie
From the above quotes you can tell it takes the work of a team of people, all of whom are working toward common goals, for an organization to achieve great things. So, regardless of the urge to try to do everything in an organization, accomplished managers know they can finish far more, far faster and much more efficiently by assigning specific tasks to their employees.
Managers assign the responsibility for completing tasks when they delegate authority to others. But here’s a key -- simply assigning tasks and then walking off is not sufficient. That is always a big mistake. For delegation to be effective, managers must not only delegate, they must also give employees both the authority and the resources necessary to complete tasks effectively, and to then follow up with progress reports. Here’s why -- Results is the name of the game.
Skillful delegation is a win-win activity. When you delegate authority, you prepare yourself for promotions, train someone who could take your place so you can move up, and reduce stress for all. By delegating, others do much of the day-to-day work in your organization, releasing you to manage, plan, and take on the kinds of jobs that only you can do as a manager. Not only that, but as your employees develop a broader range of skills as a consequence of having tasks delegated to them, they are likely to be more satisfied and ready to move up the organization with you. This in turn builds trust, enhances your career potential, and improves your organization's bottom line.
Delegation skills can make or break a manager's career. Effective delegation produces managers who, rather than being overwhelmed, are able to take on larger jobs in the organization and are more satisfied and better paid than those managers who don't delegate effectively.
So why is it that many managers have such a hard time delegating? As you might imagine, there are a variety of reasons, including:
They are too busy and just don't have enough time. They don't trust their employees to complete their assignments properly or on time. And they don't know how to delegate effectively.
Are you still not certain that you should delegate authority? Well consider the following list of reasons why delegation is so powerful:
1. Your success as a manager depends on it. What is the fundamental job of a manager? It is to get things done through others. When you're doing everything yourself, you're not getting things done through others and you're setting yourself up for failure in a very big way.
2. The fact is you can’t do everything yourself. It's just not practicable, and you shouldn't even try.
3. Your job is to concentrate your efforts on the things that you can do and your staff can't. As a manager, there are certain tasks that you are uniquely qualified to do. It's best for you to focus on doing your job, while you let your employees do theirs.
4. When you delegate authority to workers in your organization, they become more engaged and interested. In fact, it is employees who are not permitted to play a role in the decisions that most closely affect them who disengage from their organizations and end up going through the motions until they either quit or retire. It doesn’t have to be that way. By delegating tasks to workers, you'll keep them involved in their organization, making them more effective employees in the process.
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