"Don't be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it." -Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense
How can we safely delegate decisions? Surely there is a massive risk if we ‘let go’ close our eyes and just see what happens? Isn’t it safe to stick to task delegation?
It is easy to delegate tasks. All you need is an instruction sheet. The more complex the task, the longer the sheet.
It is much tougher to delegate decisions.
A great manager gets their people making decisions. Not only that but making great decisions. When we can do that, we have made the holy grail of management. We can duplicate our own skills in others leaving us free to move onto greater things. The main reason for lack of promotion is commonly described as “can’t do without”. It’s no good being needed, if we are needed, we can’t move on. Delegating tasks keeps us needed. Delegating decisions gives us freedom.