The reason it’s so tough to delegate? Because so many people do it wrong.
Ask many managers what’s one of their toughest management tasks, and you’ll likely hear delegating.
Yes, it can be tough to entrust some of your responsibilities to someone else. But it can be a lot easier when it’s well thought out.
The planning is where many managers come up short. Fortunately, with even a little forethought, you can have a lot more success delegating tasks.
To do just that, don’t put the cart before the horse.
Many managers have a list of tasks, and then try and figure out whom they can “dump” them on.
Try reversing the process: Take a look at your staffers, consider each employee’s individual strengths and then decide what jobs each would be best at handling.
Knowing you’ve paired the right person with the right jobs, you also won’t feel the need to “check up” as much as you would otherwise (a major grievance the “delegates” have with these assignments). So everybody’s happy.