Well the more of your work that you can get done by your staff, the more time you will have to do the more important things like: play golf with Suppliers; suck up to your boss; suck up to your bosses boss; meet with competitors to see it they have any vacancies which maybe of interest to you; and lastly networking which is basically just another word for all the previous things, but it sounds more impressive.
If you’re staff don’t seem to be too happy with you delegating them all your work to them, just remind them that you are developing them, giving them a taste of senior management, and this will position them so that one day they can take over your job. So really you’re doing them a favour.
The more we can delegate our work, the easier it will be to move on to bigger and better things if a new more senior position becomes available. The worst thing you can do ,is do so much of your own work such that its difficult from your boss to promote you because he’s dependent upon you. Many hard working bosses fall into this trap, they make it impossible for them to be promoted because they are the only one who can do their job.
What if your team are not up to be doing some of your work?
Well ask yourself is it important if its done well, if the answer is no, then get them to do it anyway, you can always fire them if they screw up, which will serve a warning to the others.
If it is important, then look to either bring in a contractor or consultant to do the work. Whilst it might seem an expensive solution at first glance, remember your doing this to free up your time to look to improve your career, so actually its a really an investment in you.
Bosses who don’t delegate get stuck at their current management level, and this is why delegation is important, as it allows us to move on to bigger and better things.
Disclaimer: How to be a Bad Boss is meant to be humorous and these posts should not be taken seriously.