The Delegation Process (i)
It may be helpful to think about the delegation process as a contract. There are contractual duties on behalf of both the delegator and the delegatee.
Broadly speaking, the delegator should:
- control the delegatee flexibly so as not to stifle initiative;
- not to be afraid of letting the delegatee make mistakes;
- give authority to those who can make best use of it; and
- allow the delegatee to try out their own ideas.
Within these four core propositions there are a number of specific behaviours which will help build an effective delegatory relationship. These can be broken up into behaviours before, during and after the delegation.