This article was originally published on February 13, 2020 on Attorney @ Work.

Julia is a star senior associate and soon-to-be partner. She knows that to continue succeeding at her firm, she needs to delegate more work to junior associates and staff. But how? She simply doesn’t think she can trust others to do a quality job. After all, her mantra “If you want anything done right, do it yourself!” has served her well. And the few times she has delegated work, she’s had to redo everything herself.

“What’s the point?” she argues. “Delegating is just going to cost me more time and money.”

Many lawyers have the same attitude when it comes to delegating work to others. But the truly successful lawyers overcome this and figure out how to delegate effectively. Why? Because they know that not delegating can result in:

  • Eroded trust, low morale and disempowered team members.
  • Diminished productivity for both their team members and the lawyer.

Three Steps to Effective Delegation

Ready to start delegating like a pro? When delegating legal work, there are three important steps:

  1. Determine what.
  2. Decide who.
  3. Get clear on how.

In this first post in this three-part series on effective delegation, we’ll dig into the first step.

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To your success!