Due diligence? Do delegate! Do you delegate with discipline?
If you’re like most of our clients, the answer is no. And that’s a bigger problem than you might realize.
Every time you take on an action item that can be appropriately delegated, you’re undermining the efficiency of your team, and thus of your organization.
The business case is obvious: every job ought to be done by the lowest-paid employee capable of doing it. Otherwise, you’re throwing away money. Not a wise strategy in any economic climate. Plus, delegating empowers employees.
And yet, soooo many managers don’t delegate effectively. It’s an epidemic. Why is it so?
Pick the reason(s) that fit you …
Each of these represents a failure of leadership. Are you willing to examine and proactively address the gaps in your leadership capacities? If not, perhaps you’re better off as an individual contributor.
YOUR PATH FORWARD: For two weeks, at the end of each workday, take 5 minutes to ask yourself the following questions:
- What did I do today that I might have been able to delegate?
- Which of the 7 reasons above accounts for that?
- What can I do to resolve this inefficient situation?
- What might I be able to delegate tomorrow to afford me more time for leadership responsibilities?
For more on delegation, check out Plank 4 in our book, The Leadership Platform