A key aspect of leadership is delegation. Unless you delegate tasks to your subordinates, your team will become inefficient and demoralised.
"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
- Woodrow Wilson
Advantages of Delegation
How to Delegate
Tasks you should not delegate
Your Task after Delegating
Signs that you are not borrowing enough brains or that your delegation is failing include:
Positive aspects of delegation include:
Even though you have delegated a task to someone else, you are still responsible for making sure the task is done on time and correctly. If the task fails, you can not point the finger. You delegated. It is your fault. You may have picked the wrong person for the job.Return to top
The amount of authority you delegate is up to you, although it should be enough to complete the task. It is no good giving Bob the task of opening the safe every morning at 10am if you do not give him the authority required to do it. Bob needs the key to open the safe with.Return to top
Obviously some aspects of leadership are sensitive and should not be delegated. For example:
"Six Steps to Effective Delegation" - G. Culp and A. Smith from The Journal of Management in Engineering, January 1997, Page30
"Don't Do, Delegate!" - J. M. Jenks & J. M. Kelly, Published by Bridles Ltd. 1986Return to top
Most recent revision 7 Feb 1997