Professor John Storta
March 17, 2005
This paper is about delegation. Delegation means giving some responsibility or work to someone else. Woodrow Wilson once said, "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." One of the main aspects of leadership is delegation. Working on a team, delegation is key. If done properly delegation will lead to success, if done improperly, failure would be imminent. Any organizations most valuable resource is its employees. By delegating, the employee is given the power to act for their employer, while the employer remains accountable for any outcome. "Delegation of authority is a person-to person relationship requiring trust, commitment, and contracting between the supervisor and the employee" (Allen, Gemmy, 2005). Delegation allows the employer to assign tasks to employees giving them the freedom to make mistakes, but also learn from them.
Decision-making allows the employee to hone their own skills, while having the knowledge that they can rely on their employer to help. Of course, the employer must limit the help that is offered because too much help would defeat the purpose of delegation. Effective managers learn to delegate successfully; therefore freeing themselves to do manage more effectively. This also enables the employees to learn skills, confidence and experience that may potentially lead them to a more lucrative position.
Accountability is a key issue in the delegation process. If someone is given the responsibility for something, they are liable to their employer for the out come. Of course, all are held accountable if something goes wrong. Accountability is basically answering for the outcome of any action, whether it is good or bad, and accepts the consequences. Accountability creates the reason, motive and importance for action in the eyes of the superiors...