Do you delegate as much as you could? Most managers don't delegate as much as they should.

Basically, there are three consequences when you don't delegate:

First, you don't free up more time as a resource for yourself, limiting your availability for other managerial tasks.

Second, you don't broaden your employees' experience and skills - you don't develop them, motivate them and commit them as much.

Third, you steal money from the company where you work. Why? It is more expensive for your company to have you perform a certain task than to have your direct report perform the very same task.

And if you don't delegate to your direct reports, it is very likely that they don't delegate either - all of these salaries add up to a lot of money for the company where you work.

Why then, don't more managers delegate more, much more?

There are many reasons, but it boils down to NOT knowing how to properly delegate.

Here are five easy-to-follow steps to help you delegate:

First: Choose a capable employee

Second: Create clear expectations:

  • Set SMART goals
  • Be up front about potential problems and how they may be handled
  • Obtain feedback on the task to be delegated to obtain buy-in

    Third: Give the authority, the responsibility and the resources necessary to do the job:

  • You may give minimal supervision but always be available
  • Encourage employees to solve their minor problems (mistakes are an opportunity for learning)
  • Hold them responsible for poor work (taking responsibility facilitates growth)

    Fourth: Establish a feedback schedule and follow it throughout the project time

    Fifth: Close with a written summary:

  • Ask your employee to paraphrase what was agreed upon

    Conclusion: As an action plan, answer these three questions:

  • 1) What am I currently doing that I should be delegating?
  • 2) What am I avoiding giving up? Why?
  • 3) What is the next thing I will delegate, when, and to whom?

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