Most leaders I talk with believe that there are not enough hours in the day. Oftentimes, they talk about a disliked portion of their job and then proceed to delegate it to someone on their team. I have talked about that activity of dele-dumping before. This is not how to approach delegation. It shouldn’t feel like being “dumped on”. And it shouldn’t create a negative connotation with something that can help grow an employee.
Having a responsibility delegated to a team member should feel like a privilege. It is development. So how do you avoid the dreaded dump? You must look more closely at what’s on your plate. Oftentimes delegation is approached with the notion that there are items on your plate that you know are either not your passion or clearly not what you are best at. The complication is that responsibilities that you are passionate about and competent with may still need to be given to someone else.
This week’s tip is to identify your top “Time Takers”. The top Time Takers must have these characteristics:
1. Something you enjoy doing
2. Something you are good at
3. Something that is important to your organization.
This activity is way harder than just identifying items that you are willing to let go. These items could be some of your favorite pieces of your job. However, you must have faith that by giving them to someone else, it will open your time up for other gratifying elements of your job to come to light. And frankly, if you don’t have enough time as it is, you may be able to breathe a little more. Give creative energy and time where you are needed.
Strong delegation is at the core of companies that have strong employee engagement, change management, and performance management. This is not a soft skill. Master this, and you will stand out among your peers.
At the end of the day, your ability to do your job well is directly correlated with how much time and energy you can give to the most important items that only you can do.