Dare to Delegate

For people who are new to leadership roles, delegating tasks can be one of the most difficult things to do. But delegation is one of the most important skills you can develop as a leader. If you’s unable (or unwilling) to delegate, you’ll end up taking on every aspect of every task that comes your way, and you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed and the quality of your work will suffer. This will reflect poorly on you and your team, which can end up hurting your advancement prospects in the long-term.

Toastmasters International published a fantastic article about the necessity of delegating tasks a while ago:

If you want to be a leader, Toastmasters International is a top-notch proving ground. You can chair committees, organize conferences and contests, and hold offices – valuable experiences that will advance your career.

Read the full article here.

The gist of the article could be summed up as: “If you can’t delegate in a leadership position at Toastmasters, how do you expect to be able to delegate at work?“ There are many leadership roles available in Toastmasters: learn at Toastmasters, where if you mess up, people will help you out, instead of learning on the job, where messing up might get you fired. There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be a line-up of volunteers for any leadership position at your club!

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