Delegation

by Phil Manington

Introduction

Delegation involves trusting people to do things on your behalf. It is not simply about giving them tasks and leaving them to get on with it. It involves agreeing with them what they will do and then making sure they have all they need to make a success of it.

The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.

Blaine Lee

It is the means by which you can achieve all that will be demanded of you as a manager in a modern organisation without having to work for 70 hours a week. It also enables you to engage your team in a way that will motivate them to be both more productive and more innovative and to provide you with solutions rather than bringing you problems.

This topic explains what good delegation is, how and why it works and what the benefits are to you, your team members and your organisation.

It explains how to get started, who to delegate to and what should and should not be delegated. It describes a simple, effective delegation process, discusses barriers to be overcome and also tells you how to help others to learn how to delegate.