Entrepreneurs are creators, fixers, doers, visionaries, energizers, inspirers, analyzers and strategists. On occasion, they are also task hoarders. Some of those tasks held so tightly are actually just jamming the cogs and slowing down the system. To allow the cogs to spin freely, some tasks need to be delegated to team members, particularly ones who thrive in the related area.
Delegating is easier said than done, but studies show that extraordinarily successful (and happy) people delegate their way to success. Time is often wasted attempting to improve areas of mediocrity or struggling with responsibilities that feel unnatural. The rock star standouts are self-aware. They know where their natural talents fall and apply those constantly. Most importantly, the superstars surround themselves with teams boasting talents different from their own. They delegate tasks related to their own weaknesses, and they don’t lose sleep over not being good at everything, because they are phenomenal in a few select areas.
Take a moment to write a list of the talents and tasks that come most naturally. Maybe it’s an ability to build relationships with potential clients, problem-solving, or gleaning solutions from masses of data. Take the top five to ten skill areas and focus on those areas.
The responsibilities left on the table are for delegating to teammates or to services that specialize in those areas of responsibility.
Here are some quick tips:
- Self-awareness takes time and reflection. Examine what drove past successes and milestones.
- Delegation is a clean workspace. As an organized workspace creates physical and mental capacity for accomplishment, delegation fosters productivity, team engagement and efficiency.
- Team trust is key for this process. Get to know team members as individuals and learn where they thrive. Delegate accordingly.
- Variety is crucial. Build a team of different talents to reach new heights of productivity.
- Be aware of varying talents and applaud them. Give credit to the importance of differences and appreciate all areas of talent equally.
Christina Rowe is a Leadership and Team Development specialist and is the founder of www.thecollaborative-coaching.com