The key to valuable delegation lies in being determined that you do not abdicate your responsibilities.
And this in turn will mean that you need to realize that it is not enough to just ask someone to perform a task and then forget about the task or the individual who will be doing the job for you.
In fact, delegating tasks involves managing risk and also micromanaging it, yet not the person!
One vital thing you must do in order to delegate tasks or responsibilities, is become more aware of activities that are worth delegating. Then you will need to find a suitable team member who you feel is best suited to doing the job at hand.
Once you have that person in mind, you must then meet with them and identify the objectives and then create a clear plan of action (which should be realistic for them to achieve).
Don’t forget, be sure not to expect too much from the person to whom you are delegating the work the first time round. And you must always be on hand to help them should they run into difficulties.
Delegating tasks and responsibilities is something that you will be more effective with as you practice.
And once you have learnt the fine art of delegating, you will soon find that you have more time on hand to devote to other and more important tasks that only you can do.
At the same time you will find that your team of workers will also, once they get the hang of doing the things you have delegated to them, start becoming much more productive too, whilst enjoying these new challenges all the more.
Some of the things that will help you with active delegation include understanding basic leadership principles and learning that managing and leading are synonymous with delegating tasks.
You can also delegate better by developing your leadership skills whilst realizing that there will always be further room for improvement.
So, don’t think that your job of delegating will end once you see your team members becoming more productive.
It is an ongoing skill that always leaves room for further improvement.