One of the most important – and difficult – tasks you’ll ever learn as a leader is to delegate. You know how to do a task, and you can probably do it better and faster than others, so the natural tendency is to just do the job yourself and get it over with. But when you’re not delegating and training others to assist you, everything rests on your shoulders, and you’re setting yourself up to become the single point of failure in your organization.
If you’re the only one that’s doing a job, when you’re not there, a ball will eventually get dropped. You may think that doing it all yourself is the best way to keep job security, but truthfully, it’s the opposite. When upper leadership realizes that your absence means mistakes will happen, you become chained to your job.
That’s a big reason so many people burn out. After awhile, that stress takes over, and you eventually crumble under the pressure. You can’t even take vacations.
Learn to delegate. Sure people will make mistakes. Sure it will be awhile before they can do it as well as you. But without training those around you, you’re setting yourself up as the single point of failure. Your patience while you teach others is far better than your total failure because you didn’t.
Have you learned that lesson yet?