“Just delegate it,” they say. As if it was that easy. What do I delegate? Why should I delegate? When should I delegate? How should I delegate? It seems like everyone has a handle on this but me. Actually, most managers do not find this to be very easy to do. and what many consider to be delegation, actually turns into micro-management.
Delegation involves entrusting another person with a task for which the delegator remains ultimately responsible. Delegation can range from a major appointment, such as the leadership of a team developing a new product, to one of any number of smaller tasks like interviewing a job candidate. Examining the overall structure of an organization will reveal a complex web of delegated authority, usually in the form of management chains, providing a mechanism for reporting and control.