A good business leader understands that they can’t do it all themselves, so they entrust their staff to alleviate the workload. Delegation of tasks is a means to reduce the amount of work you have to do and place it in the capable hands of those who can, in some situations, do it better than you. So, why do some business leaders have issues with delegating? The answer to that is because they are confusing delegating tasks with simply dumping work on people. Here are some of the key differences between these two.
In Delegation, the Leader is Still Present
Reducing your workload does not mean removing yourself entirely from the task. Often you will see business leaders who are dumping work onto their staff members simply provide instruction and leave, never to be seen again until the task is done. Proper delegation does include providing instruction and independence, but it also includes being openly available to your staff throughout the task.
Delegating Does Not Mean Removing Care
Perhaps the most common thing that employees tend to see from employers who dump work on them is that they don’t care about the outcome as long as you get it done in a specific time frame. Just because a business leader is delegating does not mean care for the task is not essential. Instead, they deem the task so important that they understand that positive results can only be achieved by someone putting all their effort into it.
Delegation Requires Careful Assigning
A tall tale sign that you are dealing with dumping work on their employees is that they don’t care who gets the task. If they can type, they can have it. Business leaders who properly delegate are the ones who take the time to study and understand the assignment to know who will be the right person for the job. For example, if a task involving marketing is needed to be completed, a true delegator won’t just push it onto the marketing department. He or she will conduct research to see who specifically in the marketing department can handle the task and produce a positive result.