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What is delegation

Updated on November 1, 2010

What is delegation and why we should delegate or authorize or assign our work to other people?

 

Definition of Delegation: According to me from what I understand about this term is in simple words, delegation means assigning a certain task to other person providing proper authorization keeping in mind it should be effective and result oriented.

1. Successful delegation in simple words means using other's power and hardwork such as subordinates or teammates help.

2. If you complete tasks by yourself, there is only a limited amount of tasks you can accomplish.

3. If you will include other person's assistance in accomplishing a task, you can complete large volumes of work in less amount of time.

4. If you really work well at your job, your boss may want more from what you have been doing as the expectations will be high and demand will increase with the quality of work you are delivering. More expectations will lead to more workload and pressure making you stressed and unhappy and you might be thinking that you are letting people down.

5. So there comes the real point why delegation of work becomes important. If you are able to delegate your work easily to your subordinates or juniors, then you will be able to achieve your targets successfully keeping in mind the time factor and if you are able to build a team of successful members who can handle the work delegated to them by you, then you can consider yourself as a successful delegator.

How to delegate in an effective manner?

1. Delegation is a win-win approach when done properly, however, that doesn't mean-that you can just delegate anything.

2. You have to always keep in mind that the task provides a great opportunity for other members to develop their personal skills?

3. Delegating a job effectively is the most important factor in delegation.

To whom you should delegate your work?

1. You have to assess and analyze the skills and qualities of every person in your group to do a delegated task.

2. You have to also consider that the person whom you are assigning the job is able to handle the workload well or not?

3. Does the person has enough time to complete your assigned work?

How to deletgate successfully?

1. Include your team members in the delegation process, as they can provide certain new ideas or suggestions to help in this process.

2. You have match the amount of authority with the amount of responsibility that means how responsible a person is, it depends on person to person.

3. Provide adequate support to your group in order to let them accomplish their task successfully.

4. Focus on results, analyze and assess their skills on a daily basis in order to understand that the work delegated is accomplished properly or not and which person is best suited for which work.

Though there are many aspects involved in leadership skills but delegation is also an important quality to build if you want successful management of your tasks to your subordinates.

Thanks,

Rajinder Soni

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You can find loads of information for your question while googling.

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      John 

      6 years ago

      I'm into a research and i want to know how local government can be created by delegation

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much ijeome.

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      ijeome doris 

      8 years ago

      Delegation is the act of assigning an authority to the sorbodinate in an any company to accomplish a specific task given to them.Am also glad to have had all ur definition about the meaning of delegation.thanks,and best wishes of luck.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot shanshane2 for putting some light on delegation. You are always to welcome to explore through my hubs. Best of luck.

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      shanshane2 

      8 years ago from Rochester, WA

      Great article, and remember, if you are delegating well, the same kind of results should be expected from your team whether you are on travel or in house! I'll be looking at more of your hubs!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      But Trsmd, I do not know why it is not giving me good amount of traffic, might be possible that people are not searching for "what is delegation" or it is not showing up on google.com in the first page as the first link like in google.co.in.

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      Trsmd 

      9 years ago from India

      yes it worked... still it is in the first page...

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Rebecca..

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      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      great comments about delegation thanks.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes you are right BrianS.

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      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Delegation means being able to let go, takes a strong character to do it properly and trust the person you delegate to.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks onetheway for visiting and taking your precious time to read this useful topic.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kenderso for putting in your really expensive three words "level of authority" in this hub. Yes, I agree that a person delegating his tasks to the subordinates should keep in mind the level of person's expertise and knowledge and at last, the work getting accomplished with success rate 99% if not 100%.

      Thanks for appreciating my words.

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      ontheway 

      9 years ago

      delegation

      very good, I support you, come on , welcome to my hub!

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      Kreg Enderson 

      9 years ago from Phoenix

      We often use "Delegation" simply as a tool to get more done without thinking about how it not only teaches our people more skills, but it also motivates them by offering new tasks to them. We also need to make sure that we use the proper "level of authority" when delegating, depending on the experience level and complication of the task. Great article.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Lingjingjing for your comment.

    • linjingjing profile image

      linjingjing 

      9 years ago

      delegation

      Good article

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Edzy thanks for your really inspirational and motivational comment. You have motivated me to write more on topics like these. Besides you can know more about me by visiting this link: https://hubpages.com/@soni2006

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      Edzy 

      9 years ago

      Hello,

      how are you doing? I came across your write up on DELEGATION.I was really impressed by what I read. I am a young Nigerian student of GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION,who derives joy in making researches and meeting intellectuals. I would like us to get acquainted.

      I am looking forward to hearing from you and knowing more about you.

      Remain Blessed,

      Edzy

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      10 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Mr. Luthra for the appreciation.

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      Rohit Luthra 

      10 years ago

      This hub explains the word delegation in each and every aspect.. 5 stars to you Rajinder Soni.... Most of the things why, when, what, how to delegate has been explained in detail.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      10 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the comments friend.

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      Tony T 

      10 years ago from London UK

      great hub for such a great word and one of my faves!!

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