The really expert riders of horses let the horse know immediately who is in control, but then guide the horse with loose reins and seldom use the spurs
- Sandra Day O’Connor
We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone; and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weaving of individual threats for one to another that creates something. Delegation is not the same as distributing assignments. A manager delegates when he deliberately chooses to give a subordinate authority to carry out a task which the manager would have enjoyed doing himself. Successful delegation demands matching authority with responsibility. When a manager delegates tasks, he creates followers but when he delegates authority, he creates leaders. A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.
Effective management relies on proper delegation and a competent manager recognizes this. Many managers believe that effective delegation is the strongest productive tool in management. Competent managers don’t just delegate work and then sit back and wait for results – they follow through. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. The one who delegates don’t tell people how to do things, rather he tells them what to do and let them surprise him with their results. We should understand that no person will make a great business by doing it all or getting all the credit.
For delegation to be successful, the process must be carefully planned. Proper delegation frees the manager to concentrate on the aspects of his job which require his personal experience and skills. It is one of the best possible ways of training your staff without extra cost. Delegation may also come at a cost as it can result in loss of consistency in decision-making as more people are involved with decision-making. Organizational control is important while delegating.
Everybody is a genius; but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein