Process of Delegation of Authority


Process of Deligation of Authority

Obstacles  in the process of delegation

  • Unwillingness of the manager to delegate authority : Some superiors/managers tend to think that they can do the job better when they themselves handle the job. The attitude that I can do it better myself on  the part of superior acts as an obstacle to delegation. Some managers(superiors) who are autocratic and power worshippers feel that delegation ill lead to reduction of their influence in the organization. A manager may feel that if he has competent subordinate and if he delegates authority to the subordinate, quite likely he will outshine him (manager) and may be promoted.
  • Fear of competition : A manager may feel that if he has a competent subordinate and if he delegates authority to the subordinate, quite likely he will outshine him. Fear of subordinate’s excellence may come in the way of delegation.
  • Lack of confidence in subordinates : A manager may hesitate to delegate authority, if he feels that his subordinate is not competent to deal with the problem and take decisions. Even fear of losing control over the subordinates acts as an     obstacle to delegation. In addition, fear of being exposed due to personal shortcomings may act as an obstacle in the process of delegation.
  • Lack of ability to direct : Sometimes, a manager may experience difficulty in directing the efforts of his subordinates because of his inability to identify and communicate the essential features of his long-range plans and programmes.
  • Absence of controls that warn of coming troubles : An Organisation might not have developed the controlling techniques to know in advance the serious problems lying ahead. It may happen due to concentration of power in the hands of few people. As a result, manager may resist delegation.
  • Conservative and cautious temperament of the manager : If a manager has a conservative and over-cautious approach, there will be psychological barrier in the way of delegation. A manager avoids delegation as he feels that something may go wrong even when the instructions given are clear and the subordinates are reliable.
  • Desire to dominate subordinates : Managers (Superiors) normally, have a desire to dominate the subordinates functioning under their control. They feel that their domination will reduce if the powers are delegated to subordinates. They also feel that due to delegation, the subordinates will know their managerial deficiencies. In order to maintain their superior status and in order to dominate the subordinates, they avoid delegation itself


Advantages of Delegation of Authority


  • Relieves manager for more challenging jobs : Delegation makes it possible for the managers to distribute their workload to others. Thus, managers are relieved of routine work and they can concentrate on higher functions of management like planning organising, controlling, etc.
  • Leads to motivation of subordinates : Subordinates are encouraged to give their best at work when they have authority with responsibility. They take more initiative and interest in the work and are also careful and cautious in their work. Delegation leads to motivation of employees and manpower development
  • Facilitates efficiency and quick actions : Delegation saves time enabling tile subordinates to deal with the problems promptly. They can take the decisions quickly within their authority. It is not necessary to go to the superiors for routine matters. This raises the overall efficiency in an Organisation and offers better results in terms of production, turnover and profit.
  • Improves employee morale : Delegation raises the morale of subordinates as they are given duties and supporting authority. They feel that they are responsible employees. The attitude and outlook of subordinates towards work assigned becomes more constructive.
  • Develops team spirit : Due to delegation, effective communication develops between the superiors and subordinates. The subordinates are answerable to superiors and the superiors are responsible for the performance of subordinates. This brings better relations and team spirit among the superiors and subordinates
  • Maintains cordial relationships : The superiors trust subordinates and give them necessary authority. The subordinates accept their accountability and this develops cordial superior-subordinate relationships.
  • Facilitates management development : Delegation acts as a training ground for management development. It gives opportunity to subordinates to learn, to grow and to develop new qualities and skills. It builds up a reservoir of executives, which can be used as and when required. Delegation creates managers and not mere messengers.





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