If you look at all the great leaders, you will realize that one distinctive skill that they all have, is the ability to delegate effectively. Let’s face it, we have already established that in the previous post that time is finite, which is why productivity is such a focus these days. So, if you have the ability to assign tasks to your subordinates well, then you have essentially bought more “time” to carry out the more critical roles.
Most managers and leaders are overworked, because they are the "bottleneck" in the process. Not only may slow down the workflow to a halt, but it will also cause the subordinate to slack, thinking that they could afford to work slower since the boss is “busy”.
In this post, let’s explore a few methods to improve your delegation process. Do know that these are skill sets that you can train your assistants on as well. Not only would you have created backups and opportunities for them to step up when you are busy, but with the empowerment, you are also motivating them on a trust level.
In my years of training and consulting clients on Lean Six Sigma, which focuses on process improvements, I consistently notice that managers that can delegate well always outperform those that could not. They are often happier at their job and have great connections with their team. I hope by sharing these few tips on effective delegation, you, too, will reap those benefits.
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