How to Stop Micromanaging and Let Your Team Shine 🌞
Hey there, it’s Captain Crush, and today we’re talking about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: delegation. As leaders, we often think we can do it all. But the truth is, if you micromanage your team and refuse to delegate you’re sure to crash instead of crush… ain’t nobody got time for that.
So how do you become a delegation ninja 🐱👤? First, you gotta trust your team. If you don’t trust the people you’ve hired, then why the hell did you hire them in the first place? Delegate the tasks and get out of their way. As Ronald Reagan said,
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Another key to delegation is setting clear expectations. Don’t assume your team members know what you want. An old boss I once had always said “inspect what you expect.” Be crystal clear about what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and how it should be done. Also be sure to explain the why behind the task. People perform better when they understand the purpose behind their work and it helps keep them from running too far in the wrong direction.
But the most important thing when it comes to delegation is letting go of your ego. As leaders, we sometimes think we have to be the smartest person in the room. But that’s BS. As John C. Maxwell said, “If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” You’re not giving up control, you’re empowering your team. When that team wins, you win!
A fool proof path to getting there is to go through a process with your direct reports that is something like this:
· I do you watch, let them watch you perform the task.
· I do you help, let them help you and perform parts of the task themselves.
· You do I help, let them take the reigns and you help them out where needed.
· You do I watch, let them tackle it on there own and provide feedback.
· You do, Now they are off to the races and working in a manner you can trust.
Remember, it’s okay to make mistakes. Delegation takes practice and patience. You won’t always get it right the first time, but that’s fine. Learn from your mistakes and make adjustments. Your team will learn from theirs as well and you ability to execute will increase as you go through these challenges together.
Finally, understand that you can’t do it all yourself, so stop acting like it. You’re not Superman or Wonder Woman. Delegate to your team, empower them, and trust them. As my Dad once said, “give someone else a turn or you wont have any friends you little 🍑”
So, my friends, embrace the power of delegation. Trust your team, set clear expectations, let go of your ego, and understand that it’s okay to make some damn mistakes. So this week be a delegation ninja and watch your team shine. And remember, that’s an order straight from the Captain!