Let it Go, Let it Go: Stop Micromanaging, Start Delegating

Sarah Kermalli
Sarah Kermalli Oct 11, 2016 • 4 min read
Shipping Company

Have you ever had a boss who just had to peek over your shoulder every two minutes and constatly make changes to your work? Then you know how it is to work with a micromanager. Beware of becoming one yourself and start delegating.

Not being able to delegate could be detrimental to your business. In our new eBook, “How to keep up with a growing business,” we address the importance of delegation.

Let’s start with a definition so we’re all on the same page:  

“Delegation is assigning responsibility and authority to someone in order to complete a clearly defined and agreed upon task while you retain ultimate responsibility for its success. Delegation incorporates empowering your teammates through effective leadership, and may be directed in any direction and used in any organization.”

Delegation is indeed the ticket to improved efficiency and business growth. But giving up control can be hard, especially if it’s your own business. You know what types of results you want to see and it may seem easier to tackle the tasks yourself rather than taking the time to spell out instructions and expectations to an employee.

It may also be the case that you so enjoy performing the work that you’re reluctant to give it up or that you worry you won’t get credit unless you complete the task on your own.

If you find yourself taking on everything from marketing to accounting although you have hired qualified people to fill those roles, it’s time to evaluate if that really is the most effective use of your time. Most likely you’re doing both yourself and your employees a disservice.

Constant meddling is demoralizing to your employees, who know perfectly well how to do their job (that’s why you hired them in the first place), and makes you lose focus on the big picture of growing your business. If your team does well, it does, after all, showcase your leadership skills.

Empower your employees by delegating tasks that they can do better than you. Make sure to:

  • Set clear expectations.
  • Establish deadlines.
  • Keep open lines of communication.
  • Track progress.
  • Recognize a job well done.

We know it’s difficult to let go, but delegating tasks will be well worth your time and money in the long run.

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