February 08, 2012

Delegation: How much is too much?

When it comes to delegation, it is important that the leader finds a balance in order to keep everyone happy. After assessing the team members' skills, the leader needs to focus on allocation of tasks. This needs to be done carefully though.

Too much delegation to some people might lead to them feeling alienated from the final decision making process.

Too little delegation might lead to a disorganized approach, lack of time management and general chaos.

In the Hotel exercise, I believe that our team, whether by intention or not, managed to strike a good balance so as to keep everyone involved as well as ensuring that each task was handled by a part of the team and not the whole.

Finding the right balance isn't easy but a good leader will find a way to make it happen.


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  1. Oritseweyinmi Barber

    I like your point abut too much delegation, I had never thought about it quite like that before. I suppose you have a point, if someone has been given a task that does not feel directly connected with the crucial decision making process, then I suppose they might feel like they’ve been left in a corner, out of things. This is something that can happen when a leader in a bid to feel like he has given everyone one something to work on, delegates some tasks that really require no delegation. It would be more productive instead to put groups of people together to work on key tasks. Good Point!

    08 Feb 2012, 23:19


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