The Power of Delegation
After reading the last three posts on this blog, Delegation in the Construction Office, Avoiding Micromanagement, and Alternative Construction Office Delegation, you may have decided to up your delegation game.
Below, you’ll find quotes from leaders in various walks of life imparting wise words concerning the virtues of delegating. We invite you to check them out to see the coils of thought, the flourish of understanding, and the braiding of reasoning from those who “get it” about the power of delegation.
“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” – John C. Maxwell
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“When you delegate work to a member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives.” – Steven Sinofsky
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower
“Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.” – Donald Rumsfeld
“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton
“When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.” – Craig Groeschel
“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” – Jessica Jackley
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan
“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” – Andrew Carnegie
“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.” – Robert Half
“If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” – Richard Branson
“Delegating means letting others become the experts and hence the best.” – Timothy Firnstahl
Be able to delegate, because there are some things that you just can’t do by yourself. – Meghan Markle
I don’t have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else’s lap doesn’t just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive. – John Ortberg
“Delegation is an issue of respect and how much we respect those that are under us on our team.” Dr. Hans Finzel
“Imparting trust, the real meaning of delegation, is a powerful thing.” – Scott Berkun
“If you want to work 160 hours a week, don’t delegate. But you are going to crash and burn.” – John Baldoni
The Fun of Delegation
Just for fun, we’ve thrown in a trio of delegating quips. Enjoy.
On an online forum: What’s the best way to delegate? Asking for a friend.
At the end of a planning meeting: Those in favor of delegating decision-making shrug your shoulders.
Boss speaking: In the interest of overcoming my reluctance to delegate, I was hoping you could take over all my worrying for me starting tomorrow.
Reflection: What wise words would you use when training your employees to be better delegators in your construction business?
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