Employers: Delegation is One Secret to Keeping SuperstarsMGR Accounting Recruiters in
In the last few weeks, we’ve heard the following statements from accounting professionals:
- “He’s just not giving up any of the responsibilities. It’s very frustrating. We may lose some people.”
- “He lets you do the work, but then insists on re-checking every detail. Eventually you start to think that a mistake or two won’t matter, because it is going to be re-checked anyway.”
And then from a business owner, “I try to let them do the work, but it is so difficult to let go.”
Delegation can be a difficult thing to do for both managers and business owners, but it is the key to success in so many ways. Delegating tasks to competent team members allows them to grow, allows the organization to grow, helps in succession planning, and most of all shows that you trust your team. A delegated task will most certainly be done differently in some way than you would have handled it, and potentially even done inaccurately, but for most things it is the only way to truly learn. Allowing someone to make a mistake and then learn from it is frequently the most effective way to learn a new task.
“But mistakes are costly!” Yes, they are. However, so are bottle-necks, stagnation, and a lack of succession planning. In fact, these items are usually far more costly.
I pass on these thoughts having made this mistake myself many times. Whether you are a manager or an owner of a company, frequently review the tasks that you are personally doing and ask yourself, “What am I doing that someone else could do, and perhaps should be doing.” This reflection will help you identify things that really should be delegated, both for your own good as well as for the good of the organization. People need to feel that they are growing, and by trusting employees with additional or at least different responsibilities, you allow them to continue their growth and ultimately will increase the tenure on your team.
I wish you the best in your business and in your career.