I love being a part of a team. Everything increases when you are part of a community; leadership capacity, energy, and creativity all grow exponentially. The relationships that are built become foundational to the health and success of your organization. I would argue that one of the most vital characteristics of a healthy team is trust. More than chemistry, more than good ideas or similar values, a team must have trust. Trust opens the door to one of the most valuable leadership tools you will ever develop: delegation. [bctt tweet="Trust opens the door to one of the most valuable leadership tools you will ever develop: delegation." username="dukematlock"] When you delegate to your team, you give them opportunities to win. You will never be able to lead and accomplish everything on your own; and any attempt at carrying the load alone will lead to burnout and frustration. As the leader, your job is to see the big picture. You’re looking through a telescope, not a microscope. It’s almost impossible to see the big picture, however, if your eyeline is consumed by tasks and projects. This is where delegation comes in. Not only will sharing responsibilities provide flexibility for you, but it will also provide growth opportunities for your team. Delegation is vital to every single person in your organization. A lack of delegation will make you feel like the whole world will fall apart if you take a day off. If you want your team to grow, delegation is key. But in the realities of life, delegation can be hard. If you are struggling to delegate, here are a few ways to make it work. [bctt tweet="A lack of delegation will make you feel like the whole world will fall apart if you take a day off." username="dukematlock"]
1. Delegate with intention.
When you delegate, make sure you are not looking to unload only the tasks that you do not want to deal with. Use this as an opportunity to teach your team to make decisions and play to their strengths. Give tasks according to the gifts and talents of each team member instead of according to what you do not want to do.
2. Find someone you trust.
Like I said before, trust is key in delegation. If you do not trust the person you are handing a project to, you will be unable to release control. Trust your team and give the task to someone in whom you have confidence.
3. Release control.
Once you have entrusted the project or task to someone you trust, you have to release control. Resist the urge to micromanage and check in constantly. Delegation should relieve stress and eliminate items on your to do list. If you don’t release control, neither of those things can be accomplished.
4. Cast vision.
Make sure the person you are delegating to has not only the “how” for this project, but also the “why.” Delegation works best when the person who is taking on the task has bought in to the vision completely. They will take ownership of the possible success instead of fearing the possible failure. If you want someone to buy into your project, you have to create a clear vision.
5. Set expectations.
Not only does the vision need to be clear, your specific expectations must be clear as well. If you want the person taking over a task to succeed, define the win. No one can read your mind so be as clear as possible about what you expect. Write out your expectations so everyone is on the same page.
6. Establish accountability.
Your team members will need a way to check in and give status reports that does not consume all of your time. You may not need to be the person that everyone reports to, but make sure everyone is checking in with someone.
7. Celebrate the wins.
Throw a party! Recognize the accomplishments of your team. Let your people know that you appreciate and value them. It is not enough to simply work together; you must also celebrate together.[bctt tweet="It is not enough to simply work together; you must also celebrate together." username="dukematlock"] Delegation will make incredible differences in your professional life and relationships. It will save time and help your team to develop new skills. You will be absolutely astounded by the growth and increased capacity that will take place on your team.
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