If you are looking to succeed in your business, then it’s important to learn the secrets of delegation. It may be easy to start up a business on your own, but driving success for your business will require assistance from others. Running a successful business can be very stressful and keeping your work-life balance is a challenge. The secret to success is delegation.
Let’s face it, all of us only have a finite number of hours in the day. We all have to care for a number of non-related work things on a daily basis. This could be family, health, sleep, and recreation. Delegation can be the key to learning how to balance all these activities and stay successful.
Many entrepreneurs feel that delegating means giving up control of some aspect of their business. Others may be hesitant to give responsibility to others for fear that the business will somehow suffer. Of course, delegating tasks to others doesn’t mean just assigning jobs to the first person who comes along.
So, what can you do to make sure that delegating responsibility brings success to your business?
Let’s look at 5 secrets of delegation and how you can use these for your benefit.
Knowing who to entrust responsibility and how to do it is a skill in itself. Here are 5 secrets that you should know.
If you are so busy working and carrying out tasks, you are never going to come up with great ideas to drive your business success. There is a danger in being the cog in your own wheel. Even though you keep moving forward, you won’t have the chance to come up with and implement new ideas. Therefore, delegation is essential.
One of the most essential factors in delegating is getting a successful team who are committed to supporting your goals. They need to be people who either know how to perform their tasks properly or who are willing to be trained.
Along with finding people who are committed to your goals, you need to make sure there is an element of trust in the relationship. This is just as important for you as it is for your team.
Although you need and expect jobs to be done well, it would be a mistake to expect perfection from yourself or from your team. So, you should set aside certain expectations as to how you would like tasks done.
Give you team the possibility to use their initiative for them to achieve the goals of the business. Of course, this means that you need to monitor your team, especially at the start, to make sure that the end result will be what you are looking for.
One of the secrets of delegation is to communicate well with your team. Communication is the lifeblood of any organisation and you need to express your thoughts clearly and concisely.
Clear communication will also benefit your team because they will have a clear focus on how to get their job done. So, if someone finished a job incorrectly, you should first ask yourself, was the failure because your instructions were unclear? If so, learn how to get your thoughts over in a precise way when assigning tasks.
There is a difference between being a leader and being a doer. Usually, when starting a business, you were doing most tasks yourself. Now, as your business becomes more successful, you need to change your mindset to becoming a person who leads the team rather than completing tasks.