Why You Fail to Delegate
Great leaders hire great people then empower them to do great work. We know this intellectually, but many leaders fail to do this in practicality. There is a disconnect in what you know and how you act. When you fail to delegate and let others take charge, you fail to trust them. You are showing them that you do not believe they have the abilities needed to do the task as well as you can. This challenge is the primary limiting factor of many small business.
Delegating is not a choice. If you fail to empower others, you are actively choosing to limit your organization's capacity. You became the lid on the growth potential of the organization.
Here are a few reasons why you may choose to not empower others.
- You don't think they are capable. Either they are capable or they are not. If you are hiring uncapable people and not training them, this is on you. If they are capable, you need to change the way you think about them. Give them the opportunity to prove you wrong.
- You don't have the time to teach. Stop lying to yourself. You have time to teach, if it is a priority for you. If you choose not to teach, be honest and verbalize that you prefer the chaotic moments over the opportunity to help someone grow.
- You can't let go. You have held on to something for so long that you can't dream of letting someone else be in control. If you can't let go with little things, what makes you think you could ever sell the business and walk away? Letting go is a habit. Practice it and learn how to let go in a healthy way.
If you want your organization to grow, you must recognize how you are contributing to the current restrictions on growth. Are you allowing good ideas to be implemented? Are you allowing team members to take risks and own projects? Are you aware of your weaknesses?
If you want to build a thriving organization, you must improve your ability to delegate and empower others. It is the bottleneck that limits organizations and frustrates talented people. Work on your ability to delegate today. Your future self will thank you.