Whether you are a born leader or a trained one you will agree that to be successful, one must know the art of task delegation. Delegation, therefore, is an important lesson taught as part of Leadership and Management programs.
‘What’ you delegate, ‘when’ and ‘to who’ determines the success of the task. So your choices here are decisive. But what’s even more crucial to you is the career point at which u start delegating work. When and why did you start delegating tasks? What did u achieve out of a successful delegation? Did you lose anything? Look back and try answering some of these questions.
Delegation by definition means authorizing somebody else to take on a task that you have absolute control over. It could be a learning opportunity for you or one that allows you to exhibit your talent and contribute significantly to the goal. If you start delegating early on in your career you might miss out on opportunities to fine tune your own strengths. Think about it, as a Team Leader you still have the bandwidth to learn a new tool but if you delegate it merely because you think it is not your job anymore then you might miss out on an opportunity to learn something new. Remember, your next natural career progression as a Manager might not provide you with such opportunities.
Balancing is key here and so is prioritization. So the next time you draw up a task list for your team, make sure you identify tasks that you can contribute to and see them through to completion irrespective of all your other commitments. By accepting and owning a challenging task, you will improve your skill set and also lead by example. Think about it, who wouldn’t want to work under a leader who doesn’t mind getting his/her own hands dirty, when required.