Delegation is a skill that doesn’t get its due recognition. While doing everything yourself might sound like a noble thing to do, you might find yourself backed into a corner.
Too much responsibility on your hands can be overwhelming, and given that people in that position don’t want to be perceived as weak, they push down even harder at the idea that they need some help in order to get the job done.
This is especially a problem if you are starting your own business. The simple idea of hiring someone (or asking someone to join you) to do simple tasks that you can do yourself seems counterproductive for several reasons.
Therefore, it is really important to keep in mind that being a good manager is having the skill to distribute the tasks at hand to the correct people, and to train and encourage them to do their job–not as good as you’d do it–but as the best of their potential in order to fulfill a common goal.
So, have a look at this infographic and learn the 7 signs that tell you that you’re over-encumbered with stuff to do, and the 7 reasons why you should delegate more. Once you have mastered this skill you will learn that it’s not just the art of bossing people around to get other people to do everything. Now that you have trusted other people to take stuff out of your hands, you can have a look at their performance and—now that you have more time available—focus on something else that will require your knowledge and expertise on that field…that’s the reason why you’re there after all.