Powerful Delegation

Most leaders feel like there’s just not time enough in the day to get it all done. Yet, many have capable people around them who could help share the load! The challenge for those of us who like being in control is properly delegating responsibilities to others.

Powerful delegation requires knowing your people (you’ll delegate differently to a rookie than to a seasoned employee) and communicating all the relevant information to put them in the position to succeed.

Many years ago I learned a helpful acronym to remind me of the important facets of powerful delegation:


  • Desired results
    • what are we trying to accomplish?
    • clarify the “end in mind”, outcomes & objectives
    • quantity, quality, target dates, etc.
  • Guidelines
    • what are the limits and how do people proceed?
    • levels of initiative, “no, no’s”, known failure paths
    • guiding themes, policies, principles
  • Resources
    • what resources are available? how do we access them?
    • types: human, financial, technical, physical, organizational
  • Accountability
    • to whom are we accountable for our stewardship?
    • identify the standards and methods of measurement for progress and accomplishment
    • feedback and progress report expectations
  • Consequences
    • what are the implications of achieving or not achieving desired results?
    • organizational/personal consequences – opportunity, credibility, financial, altered scope of responsibility, reassignment, training


Giving others meaningful responsibilities and ownership over the outcomes helps build trust and develops their leadership skills while allowing you to stay above the fray and focus on the bigger picture. Everyone wins with powerful delegation!

What delegation tip has brought you and your team success? Please share below.