The art of delegation_21When is it right to hand something off and when is it right to hang on to it?

According to John C. Maxwell, most people fall into one of two categories when it comes to delegation; They are either clingers or dumpers.

Clingers refuse to let go of anything they think is important, whether they are the best person to do it or not. Their goal is perfection. Dumpers are quick to get rid of tasks, yet give little thought to how successful their delegation will be. Their goal is to get things off their desk.

How do you find the right standard for delegation? Here is one guideline you might use:

If you think that someone else can do a task you are doing 80 % as well as you do, then you can hand it off. 

If you, in addition, motivate and encourage them, chances are they will only get better. This will allow you to work on your higher priorities.

Management expert Peter Drucker says it quite well: “No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective”.


Text and inspiration from John C. Maxwell’s book: Make today count.