The Most Underrated Leadership Skill Ever

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Have you ever met a successful business person or effective leader who didn’t delegate? Neither have I.

Delegation is key to increasing productivity within your employees. Properly distributing important tasks can boost employees’ confidence and give them the skills they need to succeed at their jobs.

Proper delegation is built on the basis that each employee has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. By assigning tasks that emphasize an employee’s strength, morale will increase.

Weaknesses can also be targeted through delegation. Assign a project to a diverse group of people, and those who are not strong in that area can learn from the other employees while completing the project.

Some people don’t like to delegate. For some, it’s a control issue. For these people (often referred to as “control freaks”) the most common misconceptions about delegation are:

  • Delegation dilutes authority
  • Delegation decreases flexibility
  • Collaborators don’t have all the information they need and they lack an overall view of the project
  • Collaborators won’t do as good of a job

For others, delegation isn’t fully utilized due to lack of trust issues. Here are common myths on delegation from those who can’t trust:

  • Delegation means the work of the team is recognized, but not the delegators
  • Delegation will cost more money in the long run
  • There is no time to delegate
  • Employees are deemed irresponsible or incapable

Anyone who identifies one or more symptoms within themselves should nip the problem in the bud right away. Delegation is an essential leadership skill, probably the most important yet underestimated ability a leader could attain.

While delegation is only one of the many different faces of a leader, it is an important one. Learning to do it well will benefit you throughout your entire career. Remember, a great leader knows how to get the most out of their people.

Take advice from American Industrialist and richest man in the world, Andrew Carnegie: No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.

Start working on those delegation skills today by telling someone where to go. They may even thank you for it ;-)


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