How To Delegate Successfully

Delegating responsibility is one of the keys to good management.  Here are some principles to follow for effective delegation.

  • Delegate early, never at the last minute.
  • Make certain that the person to whom you delegate a task wants to do the task.
  • Make it clear whether the delegation is permanent or temporary.
  • Always delegate total tasks, not portions of them.
  • When you delegate a task, delegate the authority and responsibility that go along with it.
  • Once you delegate, don’t interfere, but make it clear that you are available for advice and assistance.
  • When you delegate a complex task, demonstrate it clearly, and have staff members repeat what you did until it’s clear they understand the task.
  • Review and evaluate the results and discuss them with the staff member.
  • Acknowledge good performance and make sure that all criticism is constructive.