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Unformatted text preview: C H A P T E R 8 V Using Delegation to Your Advantage ITS A NEW WORLD OUT THERE . . . Delegation and . . . How it helps managers to get things done through others. How delegation can make you a more effective manager. The good and the bad of delegation. An easy method of delegation. Things you should and shouldnt delegate. Keeping in touch with those to whom you delegate. THE POWER OF DELEGATION No manager is an island; it takes the work of a team of peoplealworking toward common goalsfor an organization to achieve great things. So, despite the urge to try to do everything in an organization, effective managers know they can achieve far more faster and more efficientlyby assigning specific tasks to their employees. Managers assign the responsibility for completing tasks through delegation. But simply assigning tasks and then walking away is not enough. For delegation to be effective, managers must also give employees both the authority and the resources necessary to complete tasks effectively. One key measure of a managers effectiveness lies in the ability to get things done through other peoplea prime ingredient for success. And an inability to delegate undermines your effectiveness as a manager more than anything else, short of embezzlement or physical abuse. Skillful delegation is a win-win activity. By being a good delegator, you prepare yourself for promotions and train someone who could take your place so you can move up. By delegating, others do much of the day-to-day work in your organization, freeing you up to manage, plan, and take on the kinds of jobs that only you can do as a manager. Not only that, but as your employees develop a broader range of skills as a result of having tasks delegated to them, they are likely to be more satisfied and ready to move up the organization with you. This, in turn, builds trust, enhances your career potential, and improves your organizations bottom line. Delegation skills can make or break a managers career. Effective Delegation produces managers who, rather than being overloaded, are able to take on larger jobs in the organization and are more satisfied and better paid than those managers who dont delegate effectively. So why do so many managers have such a hard time delegating? As you might imagine, there are a variety of reasons, including: They are too busy and just dont have enough time. They dont trust their employees to complete their assignments correctly or on time. They dont know how to delegate effectively. Still not convinced that delegation is the right way to go? Okay. Consider the following list of reasons why delegation is all thatand more: 1 Your success as a manager depends on it....
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- Spring '07
- Management, Delegation, Delegate, EFFECTIVE DELEGATION