The demands on our time and resources continue to increase, making it more difficult to achieve our goals without the assistance of others. Having said this, many people mistakenly think that only those with direct authority can delegate.
In fact, delegation is actually about:
• determining the best way to handle a project or task, then
• discovering the best way to solicit the help of others, where and when it is appropriate.
There are times when you will need to ask others to do things for you, whether it is answering your phone calls, sitting in on a meeting, or even taking over a project. In these circumstances, when you ask someone to help, you are really delegating part of your job to others.
Learning to use (not abuse) delegation skills is an important tool. This Skill Builder offers some advice on how to make delegation a normal part of your work schedule. It will help you identify when you need the assistance of others and how you can learn to trust them with delegated tasks.
Another helpful resource in this area is the Effective Delegation Coaching Guide and Storyboard.