You cannot do everything. You need to delegate responsibility to other capable people working for and with you. Great leaders know how to use delegation of responsibility to get things done in their organizations. Delegating tasks to other people working for and with you gives you time to think, reflect, and plan.
When you delegate responsibility to others, you have given them the opportunity to grow, to think, to reflect, to stretch, to make decisions, to take risks, to explore, and to be a part of something bigger than them. But when you fail to delegate responsibility to others, you have widen the distance between you and your employees.
Whether you are a manager or not, delegate responsibility to others working or living with you. Don’t abandon them with the project, always check up on them to see how they are doing. Don’t assume they are doing well, go and see it yourself.
“When you delegate responsibility to others, you have given them the opportunity to grow, to think, to reflect, to stretch, to make decisions, to take risks, to explore, and to be a part of something bigger than them.”
Here are seven reasons why managers don’t like to delegate responsibility to others:
They think their people are not qualified to do the job
They can do it
They don’t want to look stupid in front of their boss
They want to protect themselves
They want to show their boss that they are ready for the next level
They are insecure
Their people can do it, but they don’t want to
Delegating responsibility to others allows you to focus on more important things in the organization or in your department.
“…Chance favors only the prepared mind”- Louis Pasteur
Be ready to embrace your opportunity. If you want to meet your opportunity, you must prepare your mind to embrace it. Opportunity favors only the prepared mind. if you prepare your mind, opportunity is yours.
Opportunity is not coming to you. You must get up and go search for it. It is closer to you than you think. It is with you. As John Maxwell put it, “Don’t wait for opportunity to knock. Opportunity doesn’t come to the door knocking. You have got to go out and look for it.”
“Opportunity favors only the prepared mind.”
To prepare for opportunity, you must do your own self-assessment. You must check what you have- your strengths and weaknesses. You must pay attention to what is happening around you. In other words, you must be self-aware. You must do your current job well.
Opportunity is closer to you than you think. Treat people with dignity, because you never know where your next breakthrough is coming from. Be ethical. Pay attention to what people are saying, buying, and selling. Read to know more about your industry, to know more about what you don’t know. Be curious. Ask great questions to understand more about yourself and your potential opportunity.
“Treat people with dignity, because you never know where your next breakthrough is coming from.”
Do your job well. Do not ignore the little things. Elbert Hubbard said, “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is good work today.”Whatever you are expecting tomorrow, prepare for it today. Your tomorrow is today. It starts today. Don’t waste it.
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