Surely, you have heard about How important it is to Delegate.
However… How come managers are so reluctant to do it?
- Isn’t that good?
Well… The thing is: Some Managers use Delegation as a way to Lead their Projects.
- Usually, only the best Managers do this.
That is called the Delegative Management.
But… It is not an easy thing to do.
We’ll now explain you Why:
Characteristics of Delegative Management
The Manager knows the Capabilities of his employees.
- He/She won’t Delegate something to a person who is not capable.
- He must know perfectly what to delegate, and to whom.
The Manager knows what Motivates his employees.
- Some employees are highly motivated when given autonomy, while others aren’t.
- Not everybody wants freedom.
The Manager Coordinates all the work done by his employees.
- Delegating implies being aware of the progress made.
- The Manager must ensure that all the pieces fit together.
The Manager respects the work done by his employees.
- This is much harder than it seems.
- When it comes to managing, it’s very tempting to poke your nose into everything.
Believe us: Delegating is not as simple as it seems.
- You have to pick the right employee.
- Other employees feel envy.
- You usually delegate on somebody that doesn’t have your authority.
- Keeping track of the work is not easy
Plus, it’s something all employees accuse their Managers of not doing…
But… When they are promoted, they do not either.
Now let’s see some examples of how this Management Style is used:
Examples of Delegative Management
Companies that give Individualized Treatment to their Clients.
- Consulting Firms, Lawyers, Dentists, etc.
- The Manager has no choice but to delegate, if the Business grows.
In Projects with many Departments involved.
- When it would be impossible for a single Manager to be in everything.
- Managers assign their best employees to represent their Department.
The European Union.
- Brussels is the one who sets the Red Lines…
- But the different Nations are responsible for implementing those policies.
The European Union example sums up the first 2 examples very well:
- It serves different “Clients” (French, Spanish or German citizens).
- Policies must be adapted to different countries.
- There are many Departments involved (local authorities, City councils, etc).
- It would be impossible for Brussels to implement all the policies.
Pros and Cons of an Delegative Management
- It motivates proactive employees.
- It allows the Manager to work more and better.
- The Team becomes more autonomous.
- It is difficult to carry out.
- It can cause grievances among employees.
- It does not work for all Situations.