How to Delegate Tasks Without Losing Control of Your Business

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How to Delegate Tasks Without Losing Control of Your Business

Delegation is simply, entrusting a task or responsibility to another person with clear instructions on how he or she should execute the task.

As your business grows, delegating tasks to your team is what you should start doing.

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To set up a sustainable business structure, “delegation” is a powerful tool one must harness and deploy effectively.

Delegation brings out the supervisory and leadership abilities in you, this skill when done effectively permits you to get more done in little time.

There are some excuses small business owners make when advised to delegate their work. The fear of losing control limits and turns business owners into micro-managers instead of leaders.

The ability to delegate effectively is one of the most important skills you must develop as a business owner.

In this article, I will discuss how you can delegate tasks and the fear of losing your authority in your business.

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Key Highlights

 🎯 With delegation, you accomplish more by doing less.

 🎯 Delegation is a vital tool in business management that builds capacity.

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 🎯 Failing to delegate could stunt the growth of your business.

 🎯 When you delegate, you build stronger teams.

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Why Business Owners Fear Delegating

They are a few reasons why some business owners fail to delegate. Knowing and addressing these reasons will help you perform better as a business person.

Fair of failing: We sometimes think if we hand over a task to somebody else order than ourselves, they may not perform as well. You fear they might fail.

Losing Control: You may sometimes feel delegating a task means losing control. This factor is why most business owners and managers suffer from the illusion of control. The illusion of control is overestimating your abilities to control an event.

Imposter syndrome: Having imposter syndrome means doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. We sometimes doubt our abilities when we delegate our tasks; you begin to fear that people will think you can’t do your job.

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Time and cost to train someone else:

We sometimes feel that it might take a lot of time and cost to train another person to do the task. This reason makes us abandon delegation, especially if we are busy ourselves.

The Importance of Delegation

  1. Delegation helps to reduce workload allowing you to focus on areas like planning and business analysis.
  1. When your workload gets reduced, you can focus more on being effective in your other duties and within your work unit. An increase in effectiveness helps a manager prove his ability and skills in the best manner.
  1. Delegation of work is the backbone of an effective system. Proper delegation allows the system of a business to function effectively from the top level to the bottom.
  1. Delegation allows the people under you to flex and improve their skills.
  1. Not only do the people under you improve their skills, but you also improve your skills. When you delegate, your decision-making and concentration skills get better.
  1. Delegation fosters good working relationships. When you delegate, communication and awareness get improved between you and the people under you.

Signs That You Need to Delegate

How to Delegate Tasks Without Losing Control of Your Business

In this section, I list out some signs you should look for in delegation. When you see these signs, you know it is time to delegate.

  • You always spend your time running from one place to another to fix one error or another.
  • You keep losing track of the long-term goal.
  • You are stressed and regularly encounter burnout because you’re trying to keep up with a deadline.
  • You keep working when you are supposed to be resting.
  • When the people around are always hungry to learn and ask you if you have any assignments for them.
  • When your superior tells you that you need to learn how to manage time and be more productive.

How to Delegate Effectively

In this section, I finally show the steps you need to follow to delegate effectively. If you are going to delegate your work, then do it effectively.

Choose the task

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Your time gets spent well if you focus on the critical task; that is a task that only you can do.

You should delegate tasks you can’t do and tasks that do not interest you. Remember, it is about being effective.

Pick the person to delegate to

When you want to delegate, you have to pick the most effective person; the person best suited for the task.

When choosing the right person, you have to listen and observe. You have to understand the traits, characteristics, and values of everyone.

Trust your decision

Sometimes, we find it had to let go of some control on a particular task. If you want to remain effective, trust the choice you made.

Trusting the person you appointed allows him to bring his creativity into the project.

Give clear instructions and a completion date

To avoid misunderstanding or conflict, you should give clear and direct instructions about the project.

You should make it clear the time and date you expect the project to get completed.

Final Thoughts

Delegation is an important part of a business. Delegation should be a practice that is burned into the minds of managers of a Businesses.

Remember that choosing to delegate is not the same as the process. The process should be taken seriously and carefully planned.

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