Delegation: a Leadership Skill

Delegation is assigning responsibility and authority to someone in order to complete a clearly defined and agreed upon task while the leader retains ultimate responsibility for the success.

Most leaders don’t delegate because

·     they can’t always rely on people to do the job the way they want it done

·     it takes more time to show people how to do it than it does to do it themselves

·     they fear others will believe they (the leaders) are expendable

·     it is frustrating to delegate something and then not have it done the “right” way at the right time

·     they leave deliverables too late to explain to others what is needed

·     they believe nobody can do it better than they can