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Delegation and Supervision Essentials

The Delegation Ladder

The Delegation Ladder

Learn the different levels of authority you can grant when you delegate, and how the nature of the task and your delegee’s experience level both impact the approach you take to delegation.


As we saw in Preparing to Delegate, the most effective delegation takes careful planning as you consider many factors. It can seem like a lot to wade through, especially when all you want is to get down to work. But the time you spend planning will almost certainly save you much more time later, particularly if you take a few moments to decide what level of authority to confer.

Choosing the right level of authority to grant is essential to effective delegation and supervision. In general,...