Delegating can be difficult.
There are many reasons why managers and executives find it difficult to delegate work, but studies find that a lack of delegating, or an inability to oversee delegation properly, is damaging to the business and your personal health.
When I ask executives what they would like to improve about their leadership skills, most reply they should delegate more. But delegating troubles them. What I tell them is they need to learn to delegate more effectively.
It can often be the case that executives only see the negative aspects of delegation. But this is where good leadership skills make delegation easier and less worrying. The greatest barrier to delegating effectively is you.
Aside from the obvious fact that delegating certain tasks can give you more time to focus on the important strategic side of the business, or just more time to spend with your own friends and family in daylight hours, it can do a few other important things too, which includes giving you the opportunity to grow your business!
Improves performance of employees
It’s interesting that experts call delegation as a “skill.” In a way it is. The person doing the delegation has to be able to communicate their ideas and knowledge so that the person doing the job delivers the results you want.
But the art of delegation runs much deeper on an emotional level. It is gesture of trust and instils confidence into the people you give work to. It gives them a sense of purpose, belonging and drives them to do well.
When you boost the morale of your staff, it gives them more job satisfaction, thus they are more committed and will try harder to deliver a better performance – which is good for you, them and the business.
Furthermore, delegating work that helps people develop their skills enables the company to develop a pool of competent staff that has a diverse range of complementary skills. It helps you identify the best employees you want to retain and develop for the long term and siphon out employees that need replacing.
When you don’t delegate, employees do not feel as though they are part of the organisations, they feel under-used, under-valued and under-developed.
As a consequence, employees under-perform, get despondent and often leave. A company is only as good as its employees and it is the role of the leader to ensure they achieve their full potential.
Being overwhelmed with work increases stress levels which is damaging to your physical and mental health. Stress not only impacts on your professional life and causes you to underperform, it also impacts on your personal life.
Stress has a direct influence on your mood which subsequently effects your relationships. If you notice signs that you are becoming irritable, unable to concentrate, your mind is full of chatter or you are suffering from aches and pains – it is all caused by stress.
If the cause of your stress is because you have too much work to do and feel pressured, you need to delegate work for the good of your health. Stress can lead to more serious problems such as anxiety and depression, sleepless nights or problems with your heart and digestive system.
The health issues caused by stress are debilitating to your career and wreak havoc with your quality of life. But they can be avoided by learning how to delegate work effectively and still achieve the results you desire. If you find delegating difficult, speak to a professional business coach before you make yourself ill. Call now for one of our free consultations.