Importance of Delegating Authority
A core principal of effective delegation is to determine how much control and authority is granted with a new assignment to a given employee. There continues to be many questions and concerns about this. Certainly, the goal is to delegate the right level of authority to the individual receiving the assignment in order to facilitate their ability to perform the task. What really holds this back and muddy’s the waters is the sense on the part of the manager that they are losing control.
Where does this gnawing feeling of losing control come from? There are several key areas to explore. First, if the manager has not planned the Project or assignment well, there may not be adequate check-points and milestones to stay in touch with progress. If the “updates” have been integrated, the manager should have a sense of being able to stay on top of the work. Secondly, managers tend to confuse empowerment with loss of control. Empowering an individual with the ability to carry out the assignment is key to execution and growth. Maintaining “control” should have more to do with status proximity. By staying on top of the progress of delegated assignments, proximity to what’s happening, the manager keeps control while the employee has the authority needed to complete the assignment.
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