Delegation – A Powerful Leadership Skill

While many leaders are good in delegating, many other leaders completely lack the skill or do not know it is a leadership skill.

What is Delegation?

As defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, delegation is the act of giving control, authority, a job, a duty, etc., to another person. It can also be said to be the act of empowering to act for another.

Delegating Tasks

Every leader who desires to see steady, continuous and consistent progress of the group he leads must possess effective delegation skills. Some leaders do not involve members in anything they wish to carry out because they doubt their ability to deliver. Any leader leading incompetent people is an incompetent leader. The leader must be willing and ready to involve members in the activities of the group. Even when some members appear dormant, they could be very good delegates for a specific task.

  • Delegation builds the confidence and competence of members
  • It increases trust and offers a feeling of belonging
  • It ensures that the whole members of a group are fully involved in the process and progress of the group.

In delegating, it is important to:

  • Understand the capabilities and skills of members. Some leaders delegate people based on availability. While it is important to be available, it is more important to be able! Delegate people who have relevant skills and competencies that concern the matter at hand.
  • Be Objective: Delegation based on bias may become an error in leadership. Do not look through a sentimental lens when delegating members to complete a task.
  • Let members know why you are choosing them for a task. This way, they are able to develop a personal outcome based on the confidence placed in them.
  • Have the development of the members at heart as you delegate them for duties
  • Have an oversight function and still be ahead of the situation
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