Don’t Be A "Rugged Individualist" — Delegate!
To be an effective delegator, it’s necessary to shift your mindset and move away from the egocentric “I can do it myself” or “I don’t need any support” attitude we call “Rugged Individualism.” While individualism and self-reliance might be important in the early stages of development, it proves to be disabling later on. As we grow older, those who hold firmly to this idea are trapped by their weaknesses. This makes it difficult, and then impossible, for them to develop their unique talents and opportunities.
Unless you can shift away from this mindset, you’ll find yourself spending time on activities where you have little ability. You’ll begin to find that knowledge and skills that had previously led to success now lead to failure, damaging your confidence and growth. Further, you won’t recognize or use the abilities of those around you.
Tapping into the strengths of others is the key to great success, and it’s where you’ll find the greatest opportunity. It’s important to appreciate that other people have amazing strengths, and when partnered with your own, they can lead to bigger and better results. Working as a team, you can transform your weaknesses by tapping into others’ strengths.
Harness the power of delegation, tap into the skills of your team, and experience the momentum of Unique Ability Teamwork.
Delegation isn’t easy, and it can go wrong. Here are some tips to enhance your thinking about teamwork and delegation so you can grow to your next level of success:
Constantly update your key priorities with your team so everyone is aligned on what’s most important.
Clarify your expectations by specifying how much time and effort you want people to invest.
Give people working with you the support they need so they can better leverage you.
Make sure there is a system in place so you know when a project has been completed.
Be available for questions.
Let people know if you’re just brainstorming so they know whether or not to take action.
Expect people to read your mind.
Be guilty of “drive-by delegation.”
Underestimate the time it takes to do things.
Create messes by thinking you can do everything yourself.
Be impatient. (Let others grow.)