I’ll often hear leaders talk about the importance of delegating and in the next breath they’ll describe how they micromanage things and check up on everything their employees do. There’s a big difference between saying you delegate and actually doing it. Here are 10 signs that you might need to delegate a little more.
1. Your employees keep giving you hints they’d like to take on more responsibility.
2. Your employees keep reminding you that they’re able to do certain things without supervision.
3. You notice conflict or dissatisfaction arising when you give orders or assign tasks.
4. People don’t tell you key things or avoid consulting with you on important matters.
5. Your employees don’t seem all that happy or motivated.
6. There’s not a whole lot of creativity going on in your workplace.
7. Things are always done your way.
8. People aren’t encouraged to come up with new ways of doing things.
9. Employees seem dependent or can’t get things right when you’re not there.
10. People you supervise keep leaving the company.
How many of these occurrences do you recognize? If you do then you might want to make some small changes to create a more balanced workplace where people can think and act independently. An additional benefit is that your employees will feel more valued and you won’t have to be on top of them all the time. How will you delegate more?