Delegation: How to Delegate Effectively?

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Delegation: How to Delegate Effectively?
Genevieve Northup, Editor, Germany, Premium Member
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).

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.

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, r...Sign up

First Clarify the Expected Results, then Delegate
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
I recommend to start by clarifying the expected results, and then delegate, so:
1. Clarify the "expected results" and get a commitment (in writin...Sign up

Mentoring Before Delegating
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
In my view, sufficient preparation and mentoring need to happen before effective delegation happens.
Delegating is like lighting up an oil lamp u...Sign up

Tips on How to Delegate Effectively
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thank you Genevieve. The ability to delegate well is crucial for any manager.
For some people delegating comes quite naturally, probably because ...Sign up

Delegation as a Negative Tactic
Mike Walsh, Lecturer, United Kingdom, Premium Member
Delegation should be a positive and enabling experience but assumes the delegator is behaving in a morally, legally and socially acceptable way. From ...Sign up

Why Should You Delegate?
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
The primary reason for delegating is to permit the delegator to concentrate on more valuable tasks while less valuable aspects of responsibility can b...Sign up

Delegation - Best Practice
Howell, Strategy Consultant, Canada, Member
I have found the key to successful delegation is coming out of the starting blocks clear and aligned. To do this I use a 3 Question process:
1. W...Sign up

Benefits of Delegation for Both Parties
Otieno, Manager, Kenya, Member
Delegation gives the delegee an opportunity to learn new tasks and responsibilities.
As delegator one has the opportunity to guide and mentor. An...Sign up

Successful Delegation as a Manager
Abel Anyolo, Student (MBA), Kenya, Member
For a successful delegation, managers need to be courageous and show commitment to the process. They should not fear but strive to ensure their junior...Sign up

Delegation: Mind the Details!
Paolo Pozzi, Business Consultant, Italy, Member
I support @Javier Elenes's points.
In addition I observe the most common mistake is omitting or overlooking a ...Sign up

Delegation and Leadership
Murty Magda Pane, Lecturer, Indonesia, Member
In my opinion, delegation is always aligned to leadership. But, I still do not have enough knowledge to prove that there is a positive correlation bet...Sign up

Delegation is a Leadership Style
Shaheen Lakdawalla, United Arab Emirates, Member
Delegation is a leadership style. In my opinion the main steps to delegate succesfully are:
  • Explain what needs to be done and by when...Sign up

How to Delegate Depends of the Type of Organization
Hussain Abdulla, Manager, Bahrain, Member
I think delegation depends on the type of organization or business.
For instance, in the PUBLIC organisation it so difficult to delegate because ...Sign up

RE: Delegation and Leadership
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
@Murty Magda Pane: I don't know if there is actual research to back this up in a quantitative way, but in my opinio...Sign up

Delegation and Trust
Rakesh Bhatia, India, Member
Let's define Delegation as: sharing responsibility, giving a sense of ownership, empowering someone to take decisions on your behalf, to deploy resour...Sign up

Delegation, Leadership and Team Building
Francis Joseph, United Kingdom, Member
For the purposes of promoting team work, trust, effective work partnership, resource development and shared knowledge delegating is key, if not essent...Sign up

Delegation is a Leadership Style for Poor or Lazy Leaders
Jose A. De las Rivas, Management Consultant, Spain, Member
In my personal point of view, a manager can delegate a task and the authority for carrying out some job, but never the final responsibility. "Traditio...Sign up

Advantages of Delegation for Team Members
fulayi, Zambia, Member
The team leader is not the only one who sees the advantages of delegation. Your teammates will see the following three benefits for themselves.
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When to Delegate or to Hire a Consultant
pradeep deo, Strategy Consultant, India, Member
Effective leadership knows the art of delegation. Before delegation one should have a thorough knowledge of a job so that at times one can do a course...Sign up

Delegation Promotes Growth of People
Ranjeet Menon, Project Manager, India, Member
Kotter's 8 steps of transformation can serve as guidelines for effective delegation. I believe delegation is ...Sign up

Empowering Really Helps
Emmanuel Mwirichia, Manager, Kenya, Member
The lack of a structured manner of delegation leads to confused 'delegees' and frustrated delegators.
The delegator needs to clearly articulate t...Sign up

Delegation Without Authority is a Miser's Gift
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Ranjeet Menon: If a Manager delegates to a subordinate without giving the selected subordinate the tools with whic...Sign up

Key Aspect of Delegating Authority
Ranjeet Menon, Project Manager, India, Member
@Andrew Blaine: First of all, no responsibility comes without an associated authority. To prepare people to handle ...Sign up

Trust and Authority
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Ranjeet Menon: Thank you for your response. May I suggest that in your response you replace "authority" with "Trus...Sign up

Delegation Must Be Well Prepared
jorge anibal hoyos hoyos, Manager, Colombia, Member
The employees must be prepared to receive responsibilities in the long run. They must be equipped with "enough wood" to become recipients of delegatio...Sign up

When to Delegate and Why
Ofwono Willy Osinde, Project Manager, Uganda, Member
In most cases, managers delegate when they are pre-occupied with more strategic activities of an organization. The less strategic activities are then ...Sign up

When to Delegate? It Depends on…
jorge anibal hoyos hoyos, Manager, Colombia, Member
There are I think no clear rules that exist to determine when to delegate since the decision to delegate depends upon many things, like:
    ...Sign up

Why Managers Should Delegate Responsibilities
mchelu, Teacher, Tanzania, Member
A manager is accountable to delegate responsibilities to:
  • Prepare subordinates for higher managerial positions.
  • Attach su...Sign up

Re: Delegation is a Leadership Style
Candy Geiger, United States, Member
@Shaheen Lakdawalla: I want to comment/clarify the delegation steps als I I believe Ms Lakdawalla is saying.
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From Doing to Leading
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
As your responsibilities as a manager or leader continue to grow, it becomes more and more impossible to do things yourself.
Logic dictates that ...Sign up

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