2. Delegation of Authority
A manager alone cannot perform all the tasks assigned to
In order to meet the targets, the manager should delegate
Delegation of Authority means division of authority and
powers downwards to the subordinate.
Delegation is about entrusting someone else to do parts of
Delegation of authority can be defined as subdivision
and sub-allocation of powers to the subordinates in
order to achieve effective results
Louis A Allen “Delegation is the dynamics of management.
It is the process a manager follows in dividing the work
assigned to him so that he performs that part which only
he can, due to his position and he can effectively get the
other work done from others”
5. Elements of Delegation
1. Authority - in context of a business organization, authority
can be defined as the power and right of a person to use
and allocate the resources efficiently, to take decisions and
to give orders so as to achieve the organizational
Authority must be well- defined.
Authority is the right to give commands, orders and get the
The top level management has greatest authority.
7. Elements of Delegation
2.Responsibility - is the duty of the person to complete the
task assigned to him.
A person who is given the responsibility should ensure that
he accomplishes the tasks assigned to him.
9. Elements of Delegation
3.Accountability - means giving explanations for any
variance in the actual performance from the expectations
Accountability can not be delegated. Accountability, in
short, means being answerable for the end result.
Accountability can’t be escaped. It arises from
10. Significance of Delegation
Multi Tasking: A manager is able to divide the work and
allocate it to the subordinates.
This helps in reducing his work load so that he can work
on important areas such as - planning, business analysis
With the reduction of load on superior, he can
concentrate his energy on important and critical issues of
11. Significance of Delegation
Speedy Decision: Delegation of authority in a way gives
enough room and space to the superiors.
This speed up the process of decision making.
12. Significance of Delegation
Better Coordination: Delegation help manger and
subordinates to establish close relationship with each
In turn, helps in effective coordination at all levels of
13. Significance of Delegation
Increase Employee morale: Delegation also helps in
breaking the monotony of the subordinates so that they
can be more creative and efficient.
Through delegating powers, the subordinates get a feeling
Thereby, his morale and self confidence is increased.
14. Significance of Delegation
Developing managerial trait: the manager get enough
time through delegation to concentrate on important
issues, their decision- making gets strong and in a way
they can flourish the talents which are required in a
Through granting powers and getting the work done, helps
the manager to attain communication skills, supervision and
guidance, effective motivation and the leadership traits are
Therefore it is only through delegation, a manager can be
tested on his traits
16. Significance of Delegation
Expansion of business : With effective results, a concern
can think of creating more departments and divisions flow
This will require creation of more managers which can be
fulfilled by shifting the experienced, skilled managers to
This helps in both virtual as well as horizontal growth which
is very important for a concern’s stability.
18. Limitation of delegation--- On
the part of supervisors
Lack of ability to plan & direct
Lack of willingness to share and let go
Lack of trust on subordinates
Lack of control
19. Limitation of delegation--- On
the part of Subordinates
Lack of self confidence
Fear for victim of criticism
Dependability on decision
Not accept delegation
20. Principles of Delegation of
Principle of result expected- suggests that every manager
before delegating the powers to the subordinate should
be able to clearly define the goals as well as results
expected from them.
The goals and targets should be completely and clearly
defined and the standards of performance should also be
21. Principles of Delegation of
Principle of Purity of Authority and Responsibility-
According to this principle, the manager should keep a
balance between authority and responsibility.
Both of them should go hand in hand
22. Principles of Delegation of
Principle of absolute responsibility- This says that the
authority can be delegated but responsibility cannot be
delegated by managers to his subordinates which means
responsibility is fixed.
The manager at every level, no matter what is his
authority, is always responsible to his superior for carrying
out his task by delegating the powers.
It does not means that he can escape from his
He will always remain responsible till the completion of task.
Every superior is responsible for the acts of their
subordinates and are accountable to their superior
therefore the superiors cannot pass the blame to the
24. Principles of Delegation of
Principle of Authority level-
This principle suggests that a manager should exercise his
authority within the jurisdiction / framework given.
The manager should be forced to consult their superiors
with those matters of which the authority is not given that
means before a manager takes any important decision, he
should make sure that he has the authority to do that
25. Principles of Delegation of
Effective communication- proper and free flow of
communication b/w superior and subordinate is
This would help superior should give clear instruction and
delegation and subordinates to take assistance and
guidance from seniors
Decentralization is a systematic delegation of authority at
all levels of management and in all of the organization.
In a decentralization concern, authority is retained by the
top management for taking major decisions and framing
policies concerning the whole concern.
Allen “ Decentralization refers to the systematic effort
to delegate to the lowest levels, all authority except
that which can only be exercised at central point.”
28. Advantages of
Relieves top management from work load
Motivates the lower level employees, as it make their job
more attractive and interesting.
Encourages lower level employee to take
29. Disadvantages of
Hampers uniformity in decision making
Increases the administrative cost due to duplication of
work and appointment of lower level executive
Difficult for top management to exercise control.