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BUSINESS SKILLS

DELEGATE

Jonathan Gifford

ALL LEADERS HAVE a tendency to assume that they must personally find a solution to every new problem. While leaders will always be responsible for any outcome, they have to delegate the process that achieves that outcome. Successful delegation is a considerable skill.

The reverse side of delegation is the removal of decision-making powers from colleagues in an attempt to legislate against a repetition of past errors. This will not succeed and will begin to erode the organization’s ability to think for itself.

The idea

Successful delegation is a great skill: people who take on a task must understand ...

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