How well do you delegate?

9 min readMay 27, 2022
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When you first assumed the role of team lead, it’s highly likely that one of the most important — and exciting — aspects was having a larger staff to work with. The opportunity to work with and lead others toward a common goal is truly one of the best aspects of this career path. But now that you’re in charge, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks on your plate. It’s time to consider delegating some of your responsibilities. How can you do that? Well, I’ve put together a guide for getting started on how to delegate effectively so you can keep moving forward with your team while also getting ahead as an individual contributor and leader.

Before we go any further, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what delegation means. Delegation is NOT telling people what to do or how to do it; instead, it’s assigning tasks that people can accomplish with minimal supervision from you. As a manager, this will allow you more time for other things like strategizing and thinking long-term instead of micromanaging every little thing.

Delegation is an incredibly important skill when it comes to being an effective team leader or manager within any organization. Leaders who are able to delegate successfully are more likely than others to see improved results from their teams overall. So if you want your group to perform at its best and reach its full potential, learning how to effectively delegate tasks is critical!

Delegation is a core part of leading others: It allows for more people to step up and take ownership over their areas of focus, which results in better outcomes for everyone involved as well as more opportunities for growth. Delegation doesn’t come naturally for everyone; many people struggle with knowing when and how much to delegate when first starting out as team leads or managers.

Delegation is a tough thing to do, especially if you’re used to doing everything yourself. But when you’re working with a team, it’s important that you let go of some of the things that aren’t your responsibility.

Do you have trouble delegating? A lot of people do.

Here are some common reasons why:

  • You don’t trust others to do it right
  • You’re worried about people…

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