Empowerment Through Delegation

Responsibility is an obligation to do something or get something done so that the desired results are achieved. We can delegate authority but we cannot delegate responsibility because we continue to be responsible for ensuring that he work gets done properly. We cannot, therefore, shift our responsibility. On the other hand, our juniors continue to be accountable to us for their lapses. It requires skill in handling personal relationships and maintaining a good line of communication so that juniors improve and develop without losing courage and confidence.

Delegation does not mean getting rid of dull jobs. The juniors must be given power and support for making important decisions. They should be given knowledge of the job, objectives and expectations.

Authority is the right to exercise power. Certain powers are vested in executives by virtue of the position they occupy. When they develop juniors through delegation, such powers are enhanced which strengthen the executives’ position and managerial effectiveness.

Extracted from 'Self Empowerment' by Bridget Menezes (Malaysian author)


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