The art of delegation: a vital technique

The art of delegation
The art of delegation

Delegation is a vital technique as it can help to free up your time, as well as allowing you to develop the skills of other members of your team. Eleanor Ross explains how it’s best achieved…

Delegation can be a wrench if you’re in charge. Not only can it feel as though you’re entrusting your pride and joy to somebody less capable, but choosing who to delegate to can be tough. In the end, you might conclude that by the time you’ve delegated, you may as well have just done it yourself.

Learning how to delegate is a skill. It should come from a realisation that you can’t, nor should, be expected to have a hand in writing every document or strategy plan. Whether you head up a brand new start-up or an established SME, learning how and when to delegate is an important lesson.

Delegating correctly can bring your business a myriad of other opportunities as it frees up time for leaders to focus their skills elsewhere. Sean Mallon is CEO of Bizdaq, but grew his first brokerage business to over 30 staff since 2007. “Delegation is important as it has allowed me to focus on the areas I’m good at. Delegate to people that are better than you in certain areas which, in my case, has allowed me to focus on growing the business. In hindsight I wish I had delegated sooner but, as I’m sure most business owners are aware, it can be hard to let go of control at times, especially when it comes to money.”

In the next instalment of our delegation series, we take look at how sharing the workload can promote a sense of wellbeing within your company…