Defining Delegation, an early form of Automation

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defining delegationDelegation is arguably the earliest form of automation before computers and web technology. If you’re a manager, entrepreneur or business owner, delegation is an important daily activity.

So What’s Delegation?

Before we define delegation, here’s a quote from a master at it.

“Delegate to the point of abdication,”
– Warren 
Buffett, Investor.

Delegation is the process or act of assigning tasks to different individuals in a given organization or business.

It’s an important aspect for all leaders because, without proper delegation of tasks, productivity is reduced.

New Managers Struggle With Delegation

The biggest struggle for new managers is that they want to do things themselves.

You’ve probably heard this old saying before, “do it yourself if you want it done right”.

Well, unfortunately, this mentality or type of thinking greatly reduces productivity and development in the workplace.

Your employees can’t learn or even contribute much if you’re always trying to do it all by yourself!

Improving Productivity & Efficiency

Imagine how much more work you can do if you could split yourself in two, while maintaining the same knowledge and work ethics. Now imagine if you could split yourself in three, four, five etc.

The point is:

You and your team can accomplish more work in less time if you work together.

Delegation greatly improves overall efficiency and productivity in the workplace because you can transfer tasks to capable individuals within your team.

Some of these individuals are better equipped to do certain tasks than you can.

So by delegating these tasks to better-suited team members, you greatly reduce the amount of time that it takes to accomplish day-to-day activities.

Personal Development

As a team leader, you have important skills that you can teach your team.

The best way to teach your team these skills is by coaching them. But you cannot coach your team if you can’t find the time to do so.

This is another reason why it’s important to delegate tasks.

Once you’ve successfully coached a team member on a new skill, you need to assign some tasks to them that require the use of that skill.

Coaching is an essential part of development for teams and management. As your team learns from you, you’ll also learn from them.

Listen, everyone has unique talents and skills that set them apart from others. Your job as a leader is to find that talent or skill and nurture it.

Empower Your Team

Empowerment is the act of letting others become the experts even when it may surprise your own abilities.

A wonderful thing happens when you empower others…

Their IQ suddenly increases!

Empowering your team will force them to take a closer look at their own development. This will inevitably decrease your workload and create more time for further development.

One man can register a company but it takes a team to make it a success. Doing it yourself is a sure path to failure.


This is why entrepreneurs outsource tasks to other companies or professionals and good managers delegate.

Delegating is a form of automation that we’ve used for decades. The concept existed before computers and web technologies, such as websites.

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Last Updated on March 8, 2018