The ability to delegate is a key trait of an effective leader. Although it seems simple, it can be challenging to let go of the reigns and trust others to handle tasks. Delegating can help ensure you meet deadlines, avoid panic and allow you to remain focused on your core values and goals. Not delegating effectively could be killing your passion and barring you and your business from reaching its full potential.
Here are some tips to improve your delegation skills:
Know your team
Consider the unique skills, knowledge and strengths of your team. Delegate tasks to team members that will be most likely to succeed. It may also be helpful to ask team members what tasks they believe fit their skill sets.
Communicate important information
Provide your team with the necessary information that will lead to success. Make sure everyone is aware of what needs to be done, and by when. Clearly articulate responsibilities, expectations and deadlines.
Provide feedback & support
Maintain contact with your team and provide constructive feedback and support when possible. Reward those who exceed expectations and provide constructive feedback to those who do not meet expectations to help them improve.
Schedule regular check-ins with your team. This could be in the form of a regular weekly meeting or a specific project related check-in to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Scheduling check-ins in advance will help to hold all team members accountable for meeting deadlines and being prepared.
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