Are you struggling to achieve big goals while being consumed by petty issues that slow you down? If you’re like many business owners, you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. You’re taking on entirely too much — and you know it — but you won’t let go. It’s not enough to tell you that you should be delegating more. You’d likely agree. Logically, it makes sense.
But in practice, you’re not following through. Start with these five easy tips for learning to let go:
- Accept that you are not the ONLY person who can do a task well. As one client said, “I realized I was putting my ego first.”
- Start small. Rather than handing over a major responsibility, ease into it by creating a less risky assignment for a direct report.
- Look at the alternative. If you don’t stop trying to “do everything,” you’ll continue to be frustrated and burned out.
- Develop your staff. The stronger their capability, the better you’ll function as a team.
- See yourself differently. Leaders don’t do it all. They lead! Revise the image you have of yourself or your role.
Having trouble delegating? Put your excuses on the table. Then note the reasons why you must pass the baton when it comes to some tasks. What could be different in your business if you let go more easily?
Release your grip.
Author: Gayle Lantz is a leadership consultant, author, speaker and founder of WorkMatters, Inc., (www.WorkMatters.com) a consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders think and work smarter. Learn more at our Contributors tab.