the benefits of delegation

A key role as a manager is to get results through others. Highly effective managers routinely delegate tasks to their direct reports because they understand the value of growing the team that they already have. This module covers the obvious benefits of delegation as well as several less well know benefits that most people don't know about.

This module is part of the Delegation that Works System. This is a system to get things done by delegating to employees in a way that achieves successful outcomes. You can get this system on the link below...

DELE101 - Delegation That Works

Management Training Course: Delegation has the double benefit of growing your team while freeing up your time for more important priorities. 

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Boss Camp will show you how to improve employee performance by showing you what they never taught you in school. The program includes topics such as:

  • How to motivate employees
  • What are bad employee motivators
  • What you must do as a manager but isn't on your job description
  • How leaders get power
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Benefits of delegation

Why Should You Delegate to Your Directs?

A key role as a manager is to get results through others. Highly effective managers routinely delegate tasks to their direct reports because they understand the value of growing the team that they already have. Note that these are the benefits of delegation to you the manager. Delegation done right has got a lot of motivational benefits for staff members which I explain in another section.

There are obvious benefits but also several delegation benefits that most people don’t know about.

Three obvious benefits of delegating are:

  • Reducing your work-load to be more manageable

  • Increasing focus on your important deliverables

  • Getting rid of tasks that you don’t like

Five less well-known benefits of effective delegation are:

  • Delegation get’s better results: You’re not always the expert at everything. The best managers are the people who can leverage the unique skills and interests of their team. Even when you are the best person at the job you don’t have the time to pay the care and attention that some tasks require

  • Delegation gets thing done faster. Even if you’re the fastest person at the job, because you’re busy a slower member of staff can finish the job before you even find a time in your diary to start it (MythBusted)

  • Delegation can solve problems that you can’t and can multiply your effectiveness. Being good at delegation is even more important when you get higher in the organisation and have to deal with multi-disciplinary activities where you have little subject matter expertise.

  • One of the biggest drivers of employee job satisfaction is the ability to grow and learn new things. This is why you can use delegation to motivate and retain your employees.

  • Delegation can even fix a weak employee because a big reason behind underperforming employees is a mismatch of skills and responsibilities

I’d like to quote a couple of successful leaders on what they have to say about delegation:

Sir Richard Branson: Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group

“One of the key skills I learned as a young businessman was the power of delegation. That has prompted me to bring in strong managers to build the Virgin companies, which allowed me to focus on our latest ideas and projects, and on finding the next businesses to start up. Along with my ability to listen to other people and realize when their suggestions are better than my own, this has helped me to attract and retain the excellent people on our team. If I set them challenges, keep encouraging them and create a dynamic environment, I find that people will always work hard.”

Jack Welch: Former CEO of General Electric

“When it comes to a choice between micromanaging and delegating tasks, “err on the side of delegation. The bigger the company, the more delegation you need to do. It makes your employees love being at the company and helps them flourish. And it gives managers a feel for who needs more attention.”

So as you can see these leaders aren’t just using delegation as a tool to get things done. The leaders recognise that the power of delegation is to motivate and retain employees. Powerful stuff. But I also note from the way that they talk about it, there is a big difference between delegation and effective delegation. I will explain the characteristics of effective delegation and ineffective delegation.