Small business owners wear many hats, and they often have to fill many roles in the everyday operations of their businesses. As your company grows, it may be harder to personally manage every aspect of your company, and it may be more important to learn how to delegate.
Delegation could be crucial for your sanity and the well-being of your business. Positive growth and expansion will likely mean that you will have to allow employees to take over certain tasks because you simply can’t do it all yourself. Learning how to delegate well is a skill that every business owner should develop, and it can be a smart way to foster growth, development and creativity in your employees.
The exercise of assigning tasks and delegating responsibilities involves much more than just telling people what to do. It’s about aligning the right person with the right task. Allow the people who work with you to exercise their talents and grow by giving them the space to thrive. This may mean handing over some of the things you are used to handling, but a fresh perspective from a new person can be both beneficial and, over time, profitable. When you refuse to delegate, you may be keeping control of something that would be better off in someone else’s hands — don’t be afraid to let others lead, create and grow.
It is impossible to delegate if you are not working with people you trust or who are not committed to the well-being of your business. Strive to hire well and implement the right training, and over time, you can delegate to people you know will work diligently to do their tasks well. If you feel like you are always running on empty and never able to catch up, it may be time to evaluate what aspects of your business you can delegate. Lightening your load is not only smart for your peace of mind, but it can free you up to brainstorm, develop new services and focus on other aspects of your business that may need your attention.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC