“If you want things done right, you have to do them yourself,” is a common misconception. In reality, delegation is the key to getting more done. However, it can be hard to practice in real life. Instead of making serial decisions or resisting handing off various tasks, try making just one: Decide who will decide.

Say you regularly need to decide whether to expedite shipping because of work-in-progress delays. Instead of being the go-to decision maker, pick someone in the organization to make those decisions. Provide guidance, parameters, and advice, and turn that person loose. Then check in periodically to see if he or she needs more direction. That way, you get to spend time figuring out how to eliminate the delays instead of dealing with the repercussions.

Almost every decision you currently make can be taken over by people you trust. How will you learn to trust them? Teach, train, guide, verify. In time, you’ll give your employees the authority and responsibility they’ve earned.