Sharing Responsibility

Video Transcript:

Hey guys, it’s Jessica with Revela and I want to talk about something that might be uncomfortable for some people. It’s not unusual to find leaders who are reluctant or even fearful of delegating or sharing responsibility. Are you one of those people?

Maybe you’ve tried getting others involved in the past and felt burned when something didn’t go right. Or maybe you’re fearful of delegating a certain responsibility because they might do it just a little bit better than you can. Or maybe you’ve just failed to understand that the knowledge and skills of other team members is critical to delivering the best results.

It’s important to understand that most teams are made up of people with a variety of talents, skills, perspectives and experience. There’s a benefit to having a project completed by a team of people, versus just one. And leading teams means getting work done through others.

When new leaders find themselves uncomfortable with leading, sometimes they resort to what made the successful in the past – doing. It’s what they’re comfortable with; and it may seem easier than taking on something new, like sharing responsibility.

It’s easy to find excuses to avoid delegating or sharing responsibility. In addition to what we’ve already talked about, it could be that you simply enjoy the work and just don’t want to let it go. Or, that it’s quicker to do it yourself than to train someone else. Regardless of the reason, we as leaders need to move past these excuses. What good will it do you (or your team) if you burn out, relationships are damaged, or if deadlines are jeopardized?

Almost always, those who insist on doing the work themselves really do have good intentions. They believe they’re doing what’s best for the project or just giving others a break. In spite of good intentions, projects always work better when the talents of the entire team are used to their fullest.

Sharing responsibility is a critical aspect of being a good team member and a good leader. It promotes growth, helps decrease stress and burnout, and provides amazing opportunities for collaboration. So the next time you find yourself reluctant to delegate, stop and think for a second.

What are you going to do?

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