Steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, once said, “No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.”

He understood that learning how to delegate effectively is one of the keys to being a great leader.

It’s not a skill that comes naturally to me and I’ve seen a lot of other leaders who struggle with it as well.

But if you want to become a better leader, with more proficient people around you and a team that’s achieving brilliant results, you need to learn how to delegate.

Here are three reasons why:

You can’t do it all yourself – You may be capable and I’m sure that you’re a hard worker, but there are only so many hours in a day and days in a week.  Sometimes, you need to delegate some of the more trivial tasks to others so that you can focus on the more important ones.

The people you delegate to may not do it the same way as you, or even as effectively, but by moving some of the work from your desk, you increase your opportunity to do more work that matters.

In addition, I’ve seen many leaders who are hesitant to delegate tasks because they know that it means they will have time to focus on the more strategic elements of their role.  Sometimes, we like having excuses for not doing the work that we know we should.  If you’re a leader, it’s time to overcome your fear, step it up a notch and delegate more so that you can spend more time providing the vision, energy and direction that your group needs.

You’re not good at everything – There’s a reason why great leaders recruit their teams as they do, and it’s not so that they’ve got more people to boss around.  It’s so that they can delegate tasks that they aren’t necessarily good at to those who can do them better.

It takes a secure leader to acknowledge that their people may be better at something than them, but such leaders know that they’re not brilliant at everything, so instead of allowing their weaknesses to hold them back, they delegate to the experts around them.

This type of delegation is extremely engaging for staff and can result in amazing results being delivered.

It’s a great way to develop your people – You may have the time to do something and it may be a task that you’re very good at (and enjoy), but there are times when it’s important to delegate so that you can further develop your staff.

There are few more satisfying (or important) aspects of leadership than seeing the people around you grow and develop their skills.  It’s one of the primary responsibilities of a leader to give their team the opportunity to shine and delegating significant tasks to them is a great way to make that happen.

Great leaders delegate because they know that they can’t do everything themselves, they understand that they aren’t good at everything and they want to fully develop their people.

If you’re a leader, why do you think it’s important to delegate?

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