Essay by sseguchi July 2004

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Delegation is an important factor in managing any type of business or organization. But what is delegation? According to Google dictionary Delegation is "The process by which an object passes on a message it has received to a sub-ordinate object." To me, delegation means telling someone to do a task and expecting them to be able to complete that task on their own. In this paper I will be illustrating how managers in my company delegate as part of their management responsibilities, how delegation could be used more effectively in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling with in my organization, and I'll be discussing what skills are necessary for effective delegation.

Delegation is a process by which a project manager examines the various responsibilities and tasks at hand, and rather than assuming and completing those tasks and responsibilities on his/her own, that manager decides to assign the work to others.

According to Delegation is a skill that incorporates analysis, planning, awareness and self-confidence. The definitions listed below are all from

Analysis - to review the work at hand and considering the requirements, available time, and resource constraints, to make the determination that the work is either suitable or unsuitable for delegation. Managers in my organization and in most organizations for that matter have many resources to choose from when delegating. If a manager can analyze what need to be done and who can do what they are about to delegate, it becomes easier.

Planning - to identify capable staff members for the assignment of delegated tasks and responsibilities, to set overall guidelines for completion, and then to properly assign that work. As we already know, in managing planning is one of the key aspects to being successful. The same goes with delegation. If we don't think about...