Delegation: How to Delegate Effectively?

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Genevieve Northup
Editor, Germany
WHAT IS DELEGATION? Fayol’s 13nd principle ("Initiative") is linked to the management role of delegator. Kreitner (2009) defines "delegation" as: the transfer of decision-making authority to subordinates (p. 253). WHAT IS NOT DELEGATION? Sadly, many managers mistake passing on “tasks,” not “responsibilities” as delegation (Gallo, 2012). The result is overstressed managers and less satisfied employees who do not believe they have “ownership” of projects (Gallo, 2012). As a result, initiative is low. WHY DELEGATE? Pfeffer (as cited in Gallo, 2012) explains that managers are often trapped in the “self-enhancement bias,” afraid they may appear as less integral to corporate success if they delegate. Introspection is necessary to accept and overcome this issue, recognizing that the greater benefit comes from delegating, which gives managers to have more time to address critical issues and subordinates feel like they are a part of the big picture. DEGREES OF DELEGATION Kreitner ( (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico
 

First Clarify the Expected Results, then Delegate

I recommend to start by clarifying the expected re (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Mentoring Before Delegating

In my view, sufficient preparation and mentoring n (...)

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Tips on How to Delegate Effectively

Thank you Genevieve. The ability to delegate well (...)

  Mike Walsh
Lecturer, United Kingdom
 

Delegation as a Negative Tactic

Delegation should be a positive and enabling exper (...)

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Why Should You Delegate?

The primary reason for delegating is to permit the (...)

  Howell
Strategy Consultant, Canada
 

Delegation - Best Practice

I have found the key to successful delegation is c (...)

  Otieno
Manager, Kenya
 

Benefits of Delegation for Both Parties

Delegation gives the delegee an opportunity to lea (...)

  Abel Anyolo
Student (MBA), Kenya
 

Successful Delegation as a Manager

For a successful delegation, managers need to be c (...)

  Paolo Pozzi
Business Consultant, Italy
 

Delegation: Mind the Details!

I support @Javier Elenes's points. In addition I (...)

  Murty Magda Pane
Lecturer, Indonesia
 

Delegation and Leadership

In my opinion, delegation is always aligned to lea (...)

  Shaheen Lakdawalla
Malaysia
 

Delegation is a Leadership Style

Delegation is a leadership style. In my opinion th (...)

  Hussain Abdulla
Entrepreneur, Bahrain
 

How to Delegate Depends of the Type of Organization

I think delegation depends on the type of organiza (...)

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

RE: Delegation and Leadership

@Murty Magda Pane: I don't know if there is actual (...)

  Rakesh Bhatia
India
 

Delegation and Trust

Let's define Delegation as: sharing responsibility (...)

  Francis Joseph
United Kingdom
 

Delegation, Leadership and Team Building

For the purposes of promoting team work, trust, ef (...)

  Jose A. De las Rivas
Management Consultant, Spain
 

Delegation is a Leadership Style for Poor or Lazy Leaders

In my personal point of view, a manager can delega (...)

  fulayi
Zambia
 

Advantages of Delegation for Team Members

The team leader is not the only one who sees the a (...)

  pradeep deo
Strategy Consultant, India
 

When to Delegate or to Hire a Consultant

Effective leadership knows the art of delegation. (...)

  Ranjeet Menon
Project Manager, India
 

Delegation Promotes Growth of People

Kotter's 8 steps of transformation can serve as gu (...)

  Emmanuel Mwirichia
Manager, Kenya
 

Empowering Really Helps

The lack of a structured manner of delegation lead (...)

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Delegation Without Authority is a Miser's Gift

@Ranjeet Menon: If a Manager delegates to a subord (...)

  Ranjeet Menon
Project Manager, India
 

Key Aspect of Delegating Authority

@Andrew Blaine: First of all, no responsibility co (...)

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Trust and Authority

@Ranjeet Menon: Thank you for your response. May I (...)

  jorge anibal hoyos hoyos
Manager, Colombia
 

Delegation Must Be Well Prepared

The employees must be prepared to receive responsi (...)

  Ofwono Willy Osinde
Project Manager, Uganda
 

When to Delegate and Why

In most cases, managers delegate when they are pre (...)

  jorge anibal hoyos hoyos
Manager, Colombia
 

When to Delegate? It Depends on…

There are I think no clear rules that exist to det (...)

  mchelu
Teacher, Tanzania
 

Why Managers Should Delegate Responsibilities

A manager is accountable to delegate responsibilit (...)

  Candy Geiger
United States
 

Re: Delegation is a Leadership Style

@Shaheen Lakdawalla: I want to comment/clarify the (...)

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

From Doing to Leading

As your responsibilities as a manager or leader co (...)

  Hong Sun
Management Consultant, Canada
 

7 Levels of Delegation (Appelo)

Jurgen Appelo, the prominent author of the book Ma (...)

 

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