When you mention the word “Delegation“, it sounds like something that managers do in a corporate setting.
It may even conjure images of a lazy superior handing off assignments that they don’t want to take care of to their subordinates. Or it may be a hidden taboo for inner perfectionists who shoulder all the important tasks for fear that someone else may mess things up.
But knowing when and how to delegate is a skill that anyone should have.
Being an “effective delegator” basically means you know how to work with other people, and can match the right person with the right task. It means you can perceive the relative strengths and weaknesses of others and play to everyone’s strengths.
At the end of the day, “delegation” is just a label.
It doesn’t have to be an assignment that a superior hands off to their subordinate.
The same skills apply to many other situations. For example, such as when you’re working in a team where everyone is on the same level. Or when you’re seeking outside support for a challenging endeavor.
At its best, delegation can give someone an opportunity to excel at something that they’ve got potential at. To be a good delegator, you just need to have the right attitude towards it.
So if you’re interested in the art of delegating – when to do it, and how to do it effectively, I’ve written a step by step guide. Remember, it’s a valuable skill for anyone, not just in a work setting!