If you are leading, you should be delegating. We all know that there aren’t enough hours in a day to get all the things done we’d like to get done. If you’re like me, delegating is a learned skill, not one that comes naturally. There are a host of reasons one might be reluctant to delegate:
- No one will do it like I can.
- I don’t want to burden others.
- I don’t want the hassle of follow up.
- I don’t want others to receive credit when the job is done.
If you examine the reasons you’ll find a lot of them are rooted in arrogance or pride. I would say that delegation is a great exercise in humility. Admitting we need the help of others isn’t weakness, it’s admitting that we are attempting to do something beyond the ability of a single person. Something we should all be trying to do.
In addition, I believe that delegation can be a great education. Give your players the responsibility of teaching the younger kids in your program. Delegate a set for an individual to teach the team. Not only will you free up time and energy for essential work; you will give others a chance to grow, lead, and shine. Delegating isn’t just dumping off of unwanted tasks; it’s an essential tool for a leader who is trying to make more of others he’s privileged to lead.