Learning how to delegate is vital to maintain a growing company’s momentum. Read six tips on how to do it properly.
Harvey Mackay, founder of MackayMitchell Envelope Co., knows how to delegate. “You have to know when to delegate down so you can rise up,” he writes in Inc., and “people will seldom let you down if they understand that your destiny is in their hands.”
“The inability to delegate properly is the main reason that executives fail,” Mackay says, since “managers often mistake delegation for passing off work.” Mackay has six tips for learning how to delegate responsibly, beginning with learning to simply “establish a standard of quality and a fair time frame for reaching it.” After that, “let your staff decide how to carry out the project.” Make sure your staff gets “all the information needed to complete the job,” and let go of the idea that you’re the only one who can get it done right. Check on progress from time to time, and always be sure to thank the employees who are stepping up. After all, Mackay says, “the most successful managers aim to make themselves unnecessary to their staff.”