Leadership comes with numerous responsibilities, which is why many people say that leading is quite difficult.
Expecting too much and pushing yourself to the limits can lead to your downfall. As a leader, you are required to be focused and decisive but you should also understand the fact that you can’t always make the right decisions. Sometimes, you may make wrong decisions that may set you back. That is not a problem. The problem is when you fail to be an efficient and effective leader. In order to be impactful as a leader you need to have certain skills such as decisiveness, thriving under pressure, communication, and being well versed with the art of delegation.
Many leaders possess numerous skills but we see that they fail to delegate. Experts say that leaders who can’t delegate are not good leaders at all! You should be able to delegate your work as well as authority as and when required. The problem that arises with most leaders is that they are very reluctant to relinquish control. Whether they feel ill at ease while doing so or whether they just can’t get themselves to trust someone else with responsibilities, not being able to delegate is a huge pitfall. If you don’t delegate you will overwork yourself because you will have to do all the projects. When you overwork yourself, your productivity will go down and the quality of the work will decline. Plus, you won’t be able to take up new projects because you don’t have the time to manage so much.Lastly, if you can’t delegate you don’t need employees!
A good way to start would be to ask yourself whether you can handover a particular project to your employees or whether you have to do it on your own. If you are still worried, we advise you to first prepare yourself and start small. Don’t give the most important task to your employees. Start delegating smaller tasks that are easy to get over with. Be specific about your expectations but don’t micromanage. Let your employees know exactly what you are looking for. After that, let go and wait for them to finish the task. Depending on the result you may provide feedback – positive criticism preferably – to create mutual understanding. Employees will then understand how to proceed in the future.
When you go step by step and be patient, you will be able to let go.
To be a successful and impactful leader, you have to learn how to delegate. It may seem daunting in the beginning but with small steps you will be able to master the art. You only need to be specific about your expectations so that employees know what you want from them.