I came across an article listing 5 myths that might be preventing you from delegating effectively. Here are a few highlights if you’re interested in reading about it:
Entrepreneurs and delegation have a long and turbulent history together. Handing over the reins can be one of the most vulnerable things leaders can do. But people who can’t delegate often work more than they need to, experience burnout, take on more than they can handle and feel frustrated and without support. If you’re struggling with delegating, there are a handful of tools you can use to make the most of this management technique. Here are the five most common myths we hear about delegation and how to prove them wrong.
1. “My people are already too busy.”
This myth causes a confusing whirlwind of emotions: you’re grateful your people are busy but fearful that asking them to do more will cause resentment or frustration. You’re left feeling pressure to take on more work yourself out of fear your team will fail or quit.
2. “They can’t do it as well as I can.”
While we want to believe in our teams, there is some truth to this myth. If you’ve been bogarting a task or role for a long time, you’re the expert. That pattern will never change unless you take time to propagate your expertise.
3. “It will be faster if I do it myself.”
Again, this is initially true. If you’re the expert at a task or role, it’s second nature to you. But where does that leave you? Stuck and unable to grow and focus on more important tasks. And where does that leave your people? In the same place.
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