Don’t Be a Hero

by Kim Taylor 

Have you ever written a blog post because you hope it’ll remind you to practice what you preach?  Consider this one of those.

Everywhere you look, employers are running leaner and meaner than ever.  If the recession taught us one thing, it was that we could indeed do more with less.  The problem with that concept, and the pressure that comes along with it, is that “more” is this nebulous idea, and we never really know when we’ve reached a point where we’ve done enough and when it’s “okay” to ask for help.

As a self-proclaimed master multitasker, I’m quite possibly the worst delegator.  But, as a leader I know I have to do better.  That’s why when I read these tips from Inc. magazine, they really resonated … especially this one:

Stop believing you’re the only one who can do the job properly.

Just because an employee does things differently doesn’t mean he or she won’t do the job right or as well. If you establish expectations of the goal and the standards to follow, then methodology shouldn’t be an issue. An important and often overlooked part of delegation is that it helps develop employees for advancement and creates a better work environment.

Next time you’re trying to be your company’s hero by taking on task after task, which will inevitably lead to missed details and deadlines, try delegating.  Hero status comes from getting the job done—no matter who does it.

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