The Best Handful of Tips 17 – Learn to Delegate to Succeed

The Best Handful of Tips 17 –

Learn to Delegate to Succeed

The ability to delegate is a mark of a good manager. It is the key to management – a good manager is a good delegator and a good facilitator. Good delegators are always in demand.

The best managers pick good people to do what wants to be done, and have enough sense and restraint to keep from meddling while they do it. (Tell people what you want done, by when, and leave them to it.)

Delegated challenging assignments are a good way to develop and select people for advancement .

If you delegate some of your time-consuming activities you will have more time for priority work, such as talking to staff and to clients.

The five best tips on ways to delegate work

1. List your activities and tasks and mark the ones you don’t really need to do

What are your essential jobs?
Which jobs are enjoyable but not absolutely essential?
Which jobs take too much of your time?
Which ones could you delegate?
A good rule to make time. “Do it, dump it or delegate it.”

2. Choose the best person for the job

First analyse the task or tasks.

Which member of your team is best qualified for the job?
Can they be relieved of some of their other duties?
Will they benefit from the experience?
Will it enrich their work and stimulate production?

Select the most suitable person. (Delegate to busy people – the others haven’t the time.)

3. Promote the task

First highlight the challenges.
Express your faith in the person’s ability to rise to the challenge of the new task. Tell them how the experience will benefit them.

4. Set clear performance standards, not the method to be used

Discuss guidelines. (If necessary, supply a model against which they can measure their performance.) Give them time to think about the task and ask questions.

5. Keep the lines of communication open

Make sure they know you are always available to help if problems arise they cannot solve. Encourage them to try to solve all problems first.

Encourage feedback, and negotiate dates for regular progress reports.

Delegation means delegating responsibility, authority and accountability.

Geoffrey Moss

“If you feel unable to delegate you’ve probably got the wrong team about you so start recruiting.”


Source: “The Daily Tonic”. A free download from
“Revitalise Your Business. Guidelines for new leader-managers” and “Secrets for New Managers”, first published by Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand. “Business Secrets” and “Secrets for New Managers” published by Cengage Learning Asia and available as e-books from and VitalSource Bookshelf.


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