Delegating Decisions



Researchhas shown that people have a tendency of letting other people chooseon their behalf whenever they are faced with difficult choices(Bonaccioand Reeshad, 2006). However, some people would prefer not having anyother person to make choices on their behalf. This paper will discussthree main reasons why people choose to delegate decisions.

Delegatingdifficult choices

Researchhas shown that this is one of the main reasons why people choose todelegate decisions (Bonaccio and Reeshad, 2006). Difficult choicesinvolve coming up with a suitable solution where the courses ofactions likely to be undertaken are numerous. One can, therefore,decide to delegate the decision to someone or to a group of peoplewith the necessary expertise to make the appropriate decision.


Peopleusually find themselves delegating decisions to avoid the possibilityof making the wrong choice. Therefore, by delegating the decision,they can avoid being responsible in case a wrong choice is made.People are also likely to delegate decisions when the responsibilityfeels greater (involving many people).

Achievemore by doing less

Delegationgives people, especially managers the chance to get more work done.If they are the ones to make all the decisions then, the organizationis likely to achieve less.

Duringvacations, my parents usually allow me to choose the place that wewould spend our vacation. This gives me an avenue to developknowledge and skills to prepare for the future. I also feel that myparents trust me enough to make decisions on my own. This gives me asense of belonging. They also allow me to make the necessarybookings, and this gives me motivation to make sure that the vacationis a success.


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