If you’re new to a leadership role, delegation may seem like a foreign concept to you. You’re used to having defined tasks and deliverables that you execute yourself — why wouldn’t you just keep doing that? The trouble is, you have new responsibilities and obligations as a leader. Those small, day-to-day tasks you used to handle may take away valuable time for your bigger-picture strategic work.
So which items on your to-do list are ripe for passing along to a team member? We asked 15 members of Business Journals Leadership Trust to share the criteria they use to decide whether something should be delegated. Here’s what they had to say.
15. Your ROI isn’t worth it.
Who can do it better? “Better” means not only from a skillset point of view but also considering return on investment for the price value of the doer’s time. Running a small business, I often wear “too many hats” just to save money. However, as we grow and scale, my ability to grow the business versus simply getting the task done has become a key criterion. – Aviva Ajmera, SoLVE KC