If you are the kind of person that likes to do everything instead of delegating in others, you should take into account that delegation is an essential leadership skill; the most important management skill to be successful.
There are numerous benefits and advantages of delegating repetitive tasks to your Virtual Assistant (VA). He or she can take never-ending tasks off your hands, allowing you have time to do what you love.
Why many people avoid to delegate? Because they fear losing control!
These fears can kill completely your business, even before it starts. A way to overcome these fears is to learn how to delegate so you can be more productive in the important areas. The first step in overcoming fear is to admit that it exists.
- You feel like you are about to lose control
From the beginning, you should establish an open and receptive communication in order to reduce your fear and to maintain a sense of control.
Ask your VA to copy you before sending out the first responses to reduce the risk of errors. This copy will confirm you that your VA has begun and your tasks are already in his/her expert hands.
You can also ask your VA to send you a summary of his/her daily tasks performed. It can be a simple email summarizing what he/she had done for you that day.
- You think that nobody can do it better than you
it isn’t uncommon to think that your way is the best way to do it. But there is always more than one way to do everything.
Before your VA begins, let he/she know your preferences. If you don’t tell him/her, how can he/she knows you prefer to meet with your clients on Tuesday and not on Monday?
Make the necessary changes in the process of your VA, but take into consideration that the style of your VA can be better, although different.
- You think that training your Virtual Assistant will take too much time
You can successfully delegate any tasks and responsibilities in the effective hands of your VA, but it will require that you dedicate time to let him/her know what you want and when to do it. Give your VA the appropriate time and attention needed to establish a good working relationship. You can also create a workbook with step-by-step instructions as a reference manual.
Finally, effective delegation can dramatically reduce your workload and increase your productivity. It can give you and your business a competitive advantage. You just need to decide what needs to be done and find to the correct Virtual Assistant for you. Good luck!