A Lesson in Delegation and Sharing Responsibilities
Regardless of your political orientation, there is this really interesting quote I like with which Newt Gingrich is credited as saying: “Lions cannot afford to hunt mice because they literally will starve to death, even if they catch them. Lions and all large carnivores have to hunt game large enough to justify the investment, so they have to hunt antelope and zebra. Why is this important? Because most senior executives are really big on chipmunks.”
The message is simple: as an executive/leader, you should not and cannot take on any and every task. Your time must be spent in a way that focuses on the creation of products and services, taking on new opportunities, and developing your people. In the end, your priorities should only deal should only be those tasks that are directly responsible for or related to moving the company forward. In other words, the antelope and zebra of the business world.
Delegation is not only beneficial to you, in that it frees your time to focus on these important matters, but it is also beneficial to employees. It builds trust and responsibility, which turns to motivation, and that motivation, in turn, drives employees to reach goals and go further, and that’s a win for everyone involved.
Here’s how to make it happen:
The key is to stop taking it all on yourself. Even if you think you have it under control, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and how much better you’re able to focus on and complete the tasks that truly demand your attention.