Getting Un-Busy: Why Don’t We Delegate More?

Tyler Zach

Do you pride yourself on being busy? Our American culture slaps you on the back and gives you a warm grin every time you say the phrase “I’m really busy.” These pats on the back from our parents, friends, and teachers give us enough fuel to keep up busy life.

However, your beat-up exhausted body will tell you otherwise. The lack of sleep and endless lists of tasks to perform are not a pat on the back – rather a heaven burden on your shoulders.

For you over-achieving Greek leaders out there, don’t worry. My solution is not to stop leading – but I will tell you how to delegate, which will help take some of the pressure off you. Delegating is the art of leading smart. The list bellow will help you to diagnose why you don’t delegate and give you some good advice on how to get started.

If you can’t or don’t delegate things…

1) YOU MAY BE A PROCRASTINATOR

If you put all of your tasks off till last minute, you will end up having to do everything yourself.

Key Problem: Laziness, Doing too much, Lack of time management

Key Advice: Pick a specific, consistent time during the beginning of the week to list out all your tasks for the week and pick out which ones can be delegated.

2) YOU MAY LACK THE VISION TO SEE THE POTENTIAL IN PEOPLE

If you don’t want to delegate certain tasks to certain people, you are probably pessimistic about their ability to lead or become a good leader.

Key Problem: Pride, Care more about quality than personal development

Key Advice: Delegating develops people even though there may be a lack of quality for a short period of time.

3) YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT CAN BE DELEGATED

If you don’t know which tasks can be delegated, then you won’t delegate them.

Key Problem: Ignorance

Key Advice: Do what only you can do. Ask yourself, is there anyone else that can do this task in my fraternity or sorority? If so, delegate it. If not, do it! If you are President, you are not going to go pick up trash bags for a highway clean up project. Anyone can do that task! However, if your Greek house gets in trouble and you need to see the Greek adviser, you aren’t going to send a new member. That is only something you can do.

4) YOU MAY THINK IT IS EASIER TO JUST DO YOURSELF

Often times, it will take a half-hour to an hour to explain a task to someone so it feels like a waste of time. So, you just do it yourself!

Key Problem: Laziness, Being a people-pleaser

Key Advice: Investing in training people will take more time in the beginning, but will you save you a lot more time in the end. You may have to get over your fear of asking others to do something for you. People-pleasers, who don’t like to delegate will always be under a lot of stress.

5) YOU MAY THINK THAT IT WON’T BE DONE AS WELL OR ON TIME

You don’t want to give someone a task because you know that ultimately you are the best person for the job.

Key Problem: Pride

Key Advice: Once again, you must sacrifice quality for the sake of developing people and for retaining your own health.

6) YOU MAY NOT THINK THAT YOU HAD AUTHORITY TO DELEGATE IT

You were just handed a task from an Executive Board member and you thought YOU were responsible for the task so you do it by yourself.

Key Problem: Ignorance

Key Advice: Never be afraid to involve others in your task/responsibility. The project will take less time, thus giving you more time. If someone gives you something to do, they are giving you the authority to break it down into smaller tasks to delegate.

Tyler Zach is an alum of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Omaha – where he earned a degree in Management Information Systems. Tyler is currently on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in Omaha, NE.

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