Your company has met the success it has as a result of your hard work, dedication, and leadership. But have you considered the fact that your solopreneurship mindset may be holding you back?
Every business starts with unstoppable passion and drive for finding the path to success. At some point, you’re going to come to a crossroad. You can choose to keep doing it the same way you’ve always done it, or you can begin trusting your team with even more.
Why would you want to trust you team with more? Easy – there’s only one you! If you want to stay in business, you’re going to need to delegate to keep up with the demands your business requires to grow.
Delegation does not have to be tricky or overcomplicated. You are not giving up the heart of your company or creating a weakness by not tending to every little detail. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true. Delegation, when done well, gives you the opportunity to fly higher and farther than you ever thought possible while strengthening your company as a whole. Delegation lightens your load and gives you time to do exactly what only you can do, and more of it!
FIND YOUR ZONE OF GENIUS
What aspects of your workload energize you and give you purpose? Where do you feel the most clarity? This is your zone of genius. This is where you contribute most to your business.
Your business has met the success it has largely due to your zone of genius. It will continue to grow when you are able to work within this target regularly without being bogged down by tasks that can be delegated.
Knowing this will also help you find the perfect person to join your team. Just like you have strengths and passions, your future teammate will as well. Choose a member that is driven to do the tasks that you do not enjoy. If you love the creative aspect of your company but dread keeping up with your bookkeeping, find an organized and cheerful bookkeeper who is passionate about your business and together you will be unstoppable! If you love the linear aspect of your business including strategizing and implementing procedures that will take you to the top, find a creative mind who will help you market to your ideal clients and customers.
CONSIDER THE DELEGATION MATRIX
This all sounds simple but how can delegation be done with confidence? How does a person really know what to hand off and what to keep? Enter the Delegation Matrix. This resource is designed to take you through the steps of delegation so you can be confident that you will move forward faster than you ever thought possible.
Start by knowing your zone of genius. What are the tasks that only you can do effectively? These are the tasks that give you life, and you’re the only person who can complete them. Hang on tight to those and rock them!
What about the things you love but that others really can do? It is a good idea to consider delegating them to someone else on your team who is capable. Use these business tasks as a springboard to build your authority as a leader and to give your team members confidence. By sharing your vision and passion, they are going to enjoy seeing you thrive. Delegating the tasks that you could do but choose to delegate energizes and transfers knowledge into your team!
What about the projects you hate but feel like you are the only one who can effectively do them? These are much harder to delegate, but when done well, feel the most freeing. Just because you don’t enjoy a task doesn’t mean that you can’t find someone who loves it. If spreadsheets make you break out in a cold sweat, pass the book work off! What makes you want to run and hide can breathe life into the right team member, feeding their purpose and passion. Be available for accountability and to give them encouragement but stepping away from these tasks will give you the margin you need to focus on the tasks that only you can do to grow your business.
LET IT GROW!
Don’t be the lid on your organization’s growth. If you don’t delegate, your team won’t grow. If your team doesn’t grow, your organization will stall. Truthfully, the secret behind every successful business owner is the team that holds them up. You can’t do everything on your own.