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The Three Magic Words of Delegation

Posted by Cait Abernethy on May 4, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Delegation is where the payback for being a good leader happens.

When you have:

  • the right person in the right place
  • a person who understands what is expected
  • a person whose judgement we trust
  • and a situation where we are willing to live with the consequences of that person’s decisions,

Then you can utter the three magic words:

“It’s your call.”

The key is really meaning it. That means no second guessing the person, or overriding their decision after the fact (unless it is completely crazy, in which case you should take responsibility for uttering the magic words to someone who should maybe not have made the call in the first place). If you can develop a reputation as a leader that really means it when they say “It’s your call”, then you are crossing a barrier that many leaders never do - a barrier that leads to highly productive, motivated, and empowered teams.

The goal is to substitute your team’s judgement for your own. This is how you create some freedom for yourself, and it’s how you will create the next generation of leaders.


Have you expanded your delegation to be able to incorporate a volunteer program within your organization, but don't know where to start? Our free step-by-step guide will take you through everything from crafting a position description to creating a volunteer handbook.

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This Post Was Written By Cait Abernethy
Cait Abernethy is the Marketing Coordinator at Sparkrock and is excited about marketing trends, enthralled by technology of all kinds, and is interested in the ways local actions can have a global impact.
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