8 Famous Quotes About Delegation To Inspire Business Leaders

Persona Talent
Oct 4, 2022
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Good leaders know they can't do it all themselves. When you delegate, you free up your time so you can focus on what's most important to leading your business.

8 Famous Quotes About Delegation To Inspire Business Leaders

When you delegate, you free up your time so you can focus on your personal strengths, and what's most important to leading your business. If your goal is to do great things and have a big impact or try to solve the world's biggest problems, you can't do it alone. A good leader must be willing to hire people and delegate authority.

There's nothing like inspirational quotes from brilliant business minds and innovators to get your imagination going. We've covered the things you should look for in an executive assistant, but if you need a refresh

Learn What It Means To Be A Business Leader With These 8 Inspirational Delegation Quotes

1. Randy Pausch

“Here's what I know: Time must be explicitly managed, like money. You can always change your plan, but only if you have one. Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things? Develop a good filing system. Rethink the telephone. Delegate. Take a time out. Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.” - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

2. Andy Stanley

“Don’t strive to be a well-rounded leader. Instead, discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else. Admitting a weakness is a sign of strength. Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective. Everybody in your organization benefits when you delegate responsibilities that fall outside your core competency. Thoughtful delegation will allow someone else in your organization to shine. Your weakness is someone’s opportunity. Leadership is not always about getting things done “right.” Leadership is about getting things done through other people.” - Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future

3. Tim Ferriss

“Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else's time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash. How's that for incentive to be effective and efficient?” - Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

4. Douglas McGregor

"Delegation means that he will concern himself with the results of their activities and not with the details of their day-to-day performance. This requires a degree of confidence in them which enables him to accept certain risks. Unless he takes these risks there will be no delegation." - Douglas McGregor

5. James D. Mooney

"Failure to delegate causes managers to be crushed and fail under the weight of accumulated duties that they do not know and have not learned to delegate." - James D. Mooney (1931)

6. Richard Branson

"From a young age, I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate to others what I was not good at. That's how Virgin is run. Fantastic people throughout the Virgin Group run our businesses, allowing me to think creatively and strategically." - Richard Branson

7. James Altucher

"I find that many entrepreneurs are trying to do everything when it would be cheaper and more time-efficient to delegate, even if there are monetary costs associated with that." - James Altucher

8. Jessica Jackley

"As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest." - Jessica Jackley

Delegate Responsibility, Responsibly

What you can delegate is dependent on the skill-level of the assistant you’ve hired. Some assistants are great problem solvers and have the organizational skills needed to manage entire teams in pursuit of your strategic goals. Others require lots of hand-holding and micromanagement, and even step-by-step instructions. This is why it's important for you to get clear on what your needs are, so you can choose what level of assistant you need.

How do you know when to delegate?

Try to delegate the non-technical and non-specialized things that take the most time and mental effort. For example, email management, scheduling, expense reporting, travel booking, todo list and task management, and employee onboarding are all non-technical tasks that take a lot of time. These are common things people delegate. However, your specific list is going to depend on your unique situation.

How To Create  A Delegation Task List

1. Perform a calendar audit.

Go to your calendar and write out all the different things you do in a given week. Next to each item write out how long each task takes.

2. Cross out the things that only you can do.

Go through your list, item by item, and ask yourself whether you’re the only person who can do the task. If the task is particularly technical or requires knowledge that only you have, cross it out.

3. Delegate the most time consuming tasks that someone else can do.

After you’re left with a list of tasks that someone else can do, order them according to how much time they require and delegate the most time-consuming ones first.  Frame success in clear terms, and spell out any tricky parts of the task, what to do if they run into problem areas, and your ultimate objectives.

How to find good assistants?

Great assistants are detail oriented, reliable, clear communicators, and great at problem solving. Finding assistants who are all these things is hard. You can post jobs on LinkedIn and other job boards in search of someone who fits this description. Or you can look on a site like Upwork or Fiverr. But the most reliable way to find a great assistant is by using an executive assistant service like Persona.

How Do Executive Assistants Add Value?

Executive Assistants add value by freeing up time for the team and business people they support. From managing email to scheduling meetings, the right assistant with eliminate distractions and let you focus on your business (or your personal life). The best executive assistants can automate many common tasks, as well, which can open up many new possibilities.  

One of the main reasons entrepreneurs don’t hire an assistant is because they’re afraid of the costs. But delegating time consuming and mentally draining tasks to an assistant is often the difference between startup success and failure. We only have so much time and mental energy each day. The question is not “how expensive is an executive assistant?”, but “how expensive is it for me to not have an executive assistant?”.

What Kinds Of Tasks Can An Executive Assistant Automate?

The tasks that assistants can automate are as varied as the industries they operate in.

Here’s a sample of what’s possible:

  • Email management
  • Calendar management
  • Scheduling
  • Appointment setting
  • Expense reporting
  • Expense tracking
  • Bookkeeping
  • Project management
  • Social media management
  • Social media content creation
  • File management and organization
  • Online purchases
  • Travel planning
  • Booking flights and hotels
  • Market research and analysis
  • Lead generation
  • Cold outreach
  • Email list management
  • Posting ads on Facebook
  • Posting ads on Google
  • Posting ads on TikTok
  • Posting ads on YouTube
  • Note taking
  • Meeting minutes
  • Event planning
  • Transcription
  • Content writing
  • Report writing
  • Workflow management
  • Data entry
  • Data management

Does every CEO need an executive assistant?

Yes. Every CEO that values their time and the success of their organization need to hire an executive assistant. Hiring a competent assistant is key to focusing on your strengths and working on the most important, strategic projects for your business.

Master The Art Of Delegation

The right executive assistant will help you figure out what to delegate, and what you should do yourself. The goal of every executive assistant is helping their executive focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day.

One of the main reasons people fail at delegation is because they don’t hire someone qualified to delegate to. You can’t just hire any virtual assistant or personal assistant. You need someone who’s smart, detail oriented, professional, responsible, reliable, and a great communicator.

Successful companies and managers get burried in new tasks and to-dos faster than they can do them. Delegation is a necessary skill. If you don’t delegate, you won’t have enough time to focus on what matters and build a great product, company, or startup. Hiring an assistant can be the difference between startup success and failure.

Delegation Is The First Rule Of Management For A Reason

Richard Branson discovered what a powerful thing delegation was at an early age. And he credits his success in business to understanding that great leaders delegate accordingly so they can focus on the key skills that drive business growth.

When done correctly, delegation can be a powerful tool for leaders. It allows them to focus on the crucial tasks and projects that only they can do, and it empowers other team members to grow and take on more responsibility. Delegation is the simple act of giving someone else responsibility over a task, so you can free up your time to work on something else.

Delegation doesn't mean abdicating responsibility and assigning all your work to others. The key to successful delegation is to pick the right tasks, assign them to the right people, and to give them the appropriate level of responsibility.

Delegating to an executive assistant can be the difference between a good entrepreneur and a great one.

Every great leader knows that they can't do everything themselves, and delegation is one of a few small things that separates a great business leader from a bad one. Delegating works because it forces you to focus on your key sills. It pushes you to give others in your organization more responsibility and ownership, so that you're no longer a bottleneck. George Patton talked about this when he said you should "force responsibility down and out". He understood that an organization's greatest strength is its ability to make good decisions quickly, and this is only possible when responsibility and judgement is delegated effectively.


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