How delegating makes you a better leader

Greg Mowbray

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I must admit that at one time during my career I was a terrible delegator. One reason was that I thought that the job would not be done as well as I could do it. Arrogant, I know. Another is, I thought by the time I showed someone else how to do it or I explained what I wanted done, I could have done it myself. Sound familiar?

I now believe that delegating is a key to effective leadership and here’s why.

1. It gets stuff off your plate. Every leader I know is time poor. You are currently tied up doing things that others could do for you.  Delegate and use your time for things only you can do.

2. You get to share your wisdom. If you are in a key position you possess valuable information, so through the process of delegating you are passing on…

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Learning the ropes

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Many times I’ve looked at my photographs and always stop at this one. I remember the day very well, warm, sunny and no rain! For Juneau, we relish those days when there’s no liquid sunshine falling from the sky. We decided to take our Grandson to one of the local lakes and give him his first lesson in a kayak. Watching him listen so intently as his Grandpa explained, how to maneuver the craft, how to hold the paddles and water safety – made me smile. Thank God, there were no mishaps, neither one fell into the water and we ended up with some awesome memories. That interaction between Grandpa and Grandson was priceless and will be remembered for many years. The biggest bonus was building the little guys’ self esteem and hearing him talk about his adventure for the rest of the week! All in all, it was a very good day:)