Most managers complain of having too much to do, but very few of them effectively delegate work. In fact, delegation is one of the most underutilized and underdeveloped management capabilities. Here are three ways to do it more:
- Identify the problem. You may not realize that you’re unnecessarily hoarding work. Look for warning signs. For example, are you working long hours and feel indispensable, while your staff keeps regular hours?
- Remind yourself. Keep a visual reminder of your team’s development goals so you can easily identify opportunities to delegate. A printed list taped next to your computer should work.
- Ask others to hold you accountable. Give your direct reports permission to call you out when you haven’t delegated something you should.