You know, it’s always smart to make sure that you’re fueling yourself to get through business journey. It can be really tough building a business from scratch. It can be a long, arduous journey, an all consuming project taking up all of your time, all of your thoughts, and all of your energy. It can also become quite insular, with your head down and bum up, working in the trenches to get through each business challenge, and pushing the business into growth despite those challenges.
According to recent research from Gallup, “founders who have and use high delegator talent can generate better business growth and venture success than leaders who get lost in the day-to-day minutiae of managing a business.” Delegation is a powerful tool for your business to grow in a manageable and sustainable way.
How you see changes what you see
I’ve been saying for a long time now that how you see, changes what you see. Your perspective and your mindset are very powerful tools in your business leadership. When it comes to delegating, it can be all too easy to become disillusioned or despondent. So I’d like to look at five inspiring quotes from people that have been here before us, people that have got insights into what can really help you, and your business journey. With quotes from such brilliant business minds as these, you know you’re on the right track!
“When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.”
This quote from Craig Groeschel, the founder of Life Church, is a really powerful insight to consider. When we’re delegating work, it should be more than just clearing the work off of our desk. It’s not only done to bring some short term relief, it is also to raise up the leaders that are going to champion the future of your business. Raising up those authority figures in your business is a very important aspect of the delegation process.
“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.”
Next up, this one comes from Robert Half, HR consultant and business owner. It highlights the fact that while you as a business owner need to grow your business by delegating tasks and spreading the workload to others, it’s vital to remember that you play a very important leadership role in the business. It should be you refining the systems and processes within it, and always having your leadership on the front foot by setting the right examples.
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done, because they want to do it.”
Next up is this quote from Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th US president. Now, if you are working that delegation system, inspiring and raising up leaders, you’ll find that your people are motivated to build your business for you. They will champion the cause of your business and become inspired by the mission. Delegating will not be about getting work off your desk, as wondering where did it all go because people are so motivated.
“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”
As spoken by Jessica Jackley, businesswoman. This has been a really powerful one for me, as I’ve gone through learning how to set boundaries around my delegation, boundaries around my leadership, and boundaries around my time management. When you start thinking about the things that you can let go of, the tasks that are going to have a real impact in clearing some space, you will find a really powerful approach to delegation.
“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all themself or get all the credit.”
And finally, Andrew Carnegie the man himself. This quote says it all doesn’t it? You can’t be a lone ranger in your business, there’s no room for cowboys, because building a business is all about building a team and moving forward together. The very core of delegation is spreading the workload and the trust across your team. When you do this well, your business will be a thousand times more effective.
Managing your outlook is an essential part of leadership, making sure that you’re always feeding on quality knowledge and insights to fuel you through every step of the journey. It is a vital aspect to thriving in business, and becoming the business leader that your business needs you to become. This is the only way you will achieve the goals that you’ve set.