Why Do Female Entrepreneurs Have Trouble Delegating?
Not to generalize gender stereotypes, but I know enough women to know that we often feel we have to do it all. Run the house. Manage the kids. Schedule appointments.
Then there's those of us who also run businesses. So add to that list: find new customers. Pay the bills. Market the business. Network. Balance the books.
No wonder we're burnt out and short on time!
I just don't see as many men who feel compelled to do so much. We aren't superhuman...so why do we try to be in our work and home lives?
The Harm We're Doing
This is where I think we get our wires crossed: we think that by seeming strong and competent, we'll magically be able to do everything effortlessly...and well. But be honest: are you really good at everything you take on? Or do some things get done "good enough" so you can mark them off your list?
That's where the damage happens in business. By trying to do it all, we often end up doing several things subpar. Just because you're capable of designing a web page or filing your own taxes doesn't mean you should. You might end up making a mistake or just coming off as less professional without realizing it.
The Many Benefits of Delegating
There actually have been studies conducted on the differences in the genders and how they delegate. Men delegate more. Why? They probably look to the future to see the benefits of taking things off their plates, rather than being mired in the present, where all we can focus on is what's in front of us.
Delegating tasks that you're less adept at (or simply don't have the time to do) lets you focus on what's important: running your business. It can also bring joy back into being an entrepreneuse: you didn't start your business so you could get bogged down writing blog posts or managing payroll. Wouldn't you be happier getting back to doing the things you love?
Delegating does not mean you are weak or incapable. Quite the contrary. It means you're smart enough to hire people who are skilled at a given task so you can devote yourself to running your business.