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How Can You Use the Pareto Principle to Improve Your Delegation?

March 21st, 2018

As a busy manager, your day is filled with plenty of small tasks, high-level projects, and of course, leading and motivating your team. Arguably one of the most important skills of any manager is the ability to delegate work to your team members so they feel important and so that you can get your work completed.

The Importance of Delegation

Even though effective delegation is crucial as a manager, many people struggle to do so. Not being able, or willing, to delegate tasks to your team, you run the risk of making employees feel undervalued. You also are more likely to feel overworked and can fall behind in achieving your own set of goals.

There are many different ways to improve how you can delegate work to your team. A great method to use is called the Pareto Principle.

Using the Pareto Principle to Improve Delegation

The Pareto Principle may be better known as the “80/20 Rule.” The rule generally states that 80 percent of your output is generated from 20 percent of your input.

When it comes to management, this is a very important rule to understand and implement. As a good leader and manager, you should focus on the critical 20% of your responsibilities and work. This is the work that only you can do. By following this principle, you understand that 20 percent will be responsible for 80 percent of your results. When you put this principle into practice, you will be happy to delegate your other tasks to your team so that you all will be more successful and get more done. Not to mention, with work evenly distributed amongst your team, everyone’s quality of work increases.

Collaborate to be Most Effective

If you need some help determining what projects or tasks are the critical 20% for you, talk to your supervisor or brainstorm with a colleague. It’s better to ask questions or seek feedback if you are unsure of what work you should delegate and what you should complete. This will help the implementation of the Pareto Principle be most effective in improving how you delegate.

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