Leaders understand the power of delegation. It catalyzes business growth and provides space for personal freedom. Even so, many entrepreneurs struggle with delegation.
Why? Three main factors lead to delegation struggles:
- Missing the big picture
- Complications with Teamwork
- A Habit of Self-Reliance
Are you held back by your Habit of Self-Reliance?
Self-Reliance Limits Us
Entrepreneurs often begin their journey alone. They conceive their business alone and bring it to life all by themselves.
However, growth in scale does NOT happen alone.
A key transition must happen for entrepreneurs when they move from the foundational stages of their company into growth and expansion.
This transition is rarely frictionless. We, as entrepreneurs, develop habits and systems designed around the way we began our business – working alone.
As natural go-getters, we see a problem or a task and immediately jump in to resolve it without a second thought. Nevertheless, an exceptional leader understands when to steer clear of a task and keep moving forward.
As the leader of your company, your time is valuable.
There are many tasks you can do, but most of those, you shouldn’t. Time spent on delegable tasks is time taken away from the few tasks that are genuinely exclusive to you.
One of the most powerful skills a leader can learn is the art of letting go. You can best help your organization by casting vision, cultivating culture, and focusing your attention on your strengths.
Allow your talented team to step up and take on the tasks at which they excel.
Learning to Grow Beyond Self-Reliance
Nobody else can do it. I’m the only one who can handle this task/project/assignment.
Sometimes this is true. But you must learn to identify high-value and low-value tasks. Where is your time best spent? Consider – is it at all possible to delegate this out? If yes – delegate it today.
I built this company myself. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to do this.
It is hard to let go and trust others to do important tasks; you care about the health of your organization and don’t want to see it suffer. However, if you spend your valuable time on tasks outside your Unique Ability, you will certainly compromise the growth and health of the organization.
Asking for help is admitting that I can’t handle it anymore. I don’t want to look incapable. I’m competent and capable. I should be able to do it.
Going it alone will lead to actual incompetence – the thing you are trying to avoid. Our desire to appear competent should never get in the way of actually being a competent leader.
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