Managers are responsible for handling not only the smooth operations of the company but the well-being of its people as well. This is why managers have so much on their plates. Sam Lloyd shares a secret about managers that makes them effective in their jobs. According to him,  effective managers delegate tasks in order to make room for other tasks that only he/she could do.

Shawn Grimsley defines delegation as a one-way transfer of power from a person of higher authority to a subordinate. Delegation follows the concept of a scalar principle wherein power is distributed from top to bottom.

Delegation positively impacts both the individual employees and the organization as a whole. In delegation, tasks are given to those who are most competent (skill-wise) to accomplish them. This lessens production time and improves output quality. On the other hand, delegation also gives employees the chance to develop new skills and to put those new skills into practice.

Meanwhile, according to NC State University, delegation benefits a company because it fosters efficiency in the organization and promotes personal development among the employees.

It is important to note, however, that even though tasks are passed on to another person, the manager is still the person accountable for getting the tasks done. So if you’re a manager who’s anxious to let his/her subordinates work autonomously, the list below might just be the trick to put you at ease:

 

 

You can download the printable version of the checklist here:

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