How to Get Better at Delegating [INFOGRAPHIC]

Published: Jul 22, 2019

Topics: Workplace Issues       

Delegating is a management skill that, for some, may not come easily. But tackling your workload efficiently and optimizing the skills of your team is paramount to being an effective manager. This infographic from Headway Capital illustrates why delegating is important, how to know if you're not delegating as much as you should be, and tips on how to improve on this critical skill.

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2. They’re able to sell their own idea

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