It takes the work of a team of people whom are all working toward common goals for an organization to accomplish great things. So, regardless of the urge to try to do everything in an organization, effective managers know they can attain far faster and more efficiently by assigning specific tasks to their employees. Managers allocate the responsibility for completing tasks through delegation. But merely assigning tasks and then walking away is not enough. For delegation to be effective, managers must also give employees both the authority and the resources necessary to complete tasks successfully.
Skillful delegation is a win-win activity. By delegating well, you plan yourself for promotions and train someone who could take your place so you can move up. By delegating, others do much of the day-to-day work in your organization, freeing you up 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 result 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. Efficient delegation produces managers who, rather than being overloaded, are able to take on larger jobs in the organization and are more pleased 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 correctly or on time. And they don’t know how to delegate effectively.
Still not convinced that delegation is the right way to go? Well consider the following list of reasons why delegation is powerful:
- Your success as a manager depends on it. The primary job of a manager is to get things done through others. When you’re doing everything yourself, you’re not getting things done through othersâ€”and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment in a very big way.
- You canâ€™t do it all. You cannot do everything yourself – it’s just not possible, and you shouldn’t even try.
- Your job is to focus 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.
- Delegation gets workers in the organization more involved. Employees who are not allowed to play a role in the decisions that most closely affect them are employees who disengage from their organizations and end up going through the motions until they either quit or retire. By delegating tasks to workers, you’ll keep them engaged in their organizationsâ€”making them more effective employees in the process.
7 Ways You Can Improve Communication with Your Subordinates
- Be brief and clear in your conversations and written communications. Like you, your workers are very busy. Make sure your communications don’t confuse them or waste their time.
- Be honest, but never use honesty to disparage others. You’ve probably met people who say things like, “I’m going to be brutally frank.” This is someone who uses truth as a weapon to hurt or destroy others. It does no good to tell someone he isn’t bright enough to be promoted.
- If your writing skills are weak, improve them. There are many courses intended especially for business people. When you master these skills, your superiors will notice.
- Learn to give good presentations. This is a skill that marks a good, promotable supervisor.
- Give your complete consideration to those who communicate with you.
- Eradicate unnecessary jargon. If you use too much jargon, you can annoy the people you want on your side and risk not being understood.
- Don’t be discouraged when communications fail for reasons you can’t control. By making a conscious effort to improve, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.