In summary

Delegation can be used when:

  • parts of the leadership task require more than their normal share of attention
  • you could consider developing the skills and confidence of various party members
  • you want to concentrate on one aspect of the total leadership task.

Considerations when delegating:

  • it requires the use of a wide range of leadership and technical skills to be effective
  • it is a contract of trust
  • it can take several forms based on the levels of importance of the task, trust and competence
  • it can be subject to a number of barriers to effective delegation which can be overcome if we can recognise and choose to deal with them.