Lessons from “Delegation Strategies”…

This note is a brief summarized summary of the major lessons I learnt in one of the courses I took in the Executive Leadership Course at Daystar Leadership Academy. The course title isDELEGATION STRATEGIES and it was facilitated by Steve Akoni.

Let me start by giving a shout out to Steve Akoni. I really loved his tact and expertise in delivering this lecture. The principle taught is such a familiar one, but he didn’t leave us without some deep thoughts to ponder on.


Dave sat brooding before his laptop in his office this evening. He was worn out, wearied and worried at the same time! So wearied he can’t eat. So worried he can’t sleep. So worn-out, he can’t take a step, let alone drive himself home. He picked up his phone and dialed his mentor. “What’s wrong, son? You don’t sound okay” his mentor inquires.

He shakes his head and moans, “This work is eating me up!”

“Then why let it?”

“I was told that if you want something done right, you do it yourself.”

“Who told you that?”

“My former boss.”

“Listen, son, life is not this difficult. You own the company for crying out loud! Use some help. Hire someone to do your worrying for you”.

How many of us need that reminder! Guess what Dave did afterwards? He decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” To which Dave responded, “That’s your worry.”…lol


I wonder why we like being stressed out by doing so many things by ourselves when we could as well delegate them! We seem to like the baggage of stress, despite the fact that it’s awkward, dumpy, untempting, irritable, and hard to get a handle on. No one has to remind you of the high cost of worry (the mother of stress). It divides the mind! The biblical word for worry in the Greek is merimnao—a compound of two Greek words, merizo (“to divide”) and nous (“the mind”). Worry splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems. Part of our mind is on the now; the rest is on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.

I bet you don’t want that.

D.L. Moody said “I will rather set ten men to work than do the work of ten men”.

One of the most important lessons a student leader can learn is that the word leader does not mean you do everything. Communicating your vision to others and empowering other club officers and members to take an active role within the organization is important.

Delegation is giving others the authority to act on your behalf, accompanied with responsibility and accountability for results.

We were taught that delegation is not just giving out duties; it’s about TRANSFERING AUTHORITY.There’s stress when power is concentrated at a point; there’s ease when the same is disemminated.

So…How do you transfer authority?

I see this as reproducing yourself (both your work-spirit and character) in your delegate. I see it as more of a spiritual act than theoretical. This is where I will share my own PERSONAL THOUGHTSas I wrote them down in my lecture notes, even though the lecturer did not exactly put them as such. I borrowed a cue from Gary Chapman’s 5 love Languages.

You transfer authority by:

  1. Speaking Words of Affirmation: Affirm the person amidst the rest. Thank him/her verbally often. Encourage him/her verbally as well. The fastest vehicles that transmit your spirit are your WORDS! (John 6:63)
  2. Spending Quality Time: Spend time with the person. Give him/her undivided attention when he/she speaks. Have frequent quality conversations with the person. Remember, “Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too”Robert Half
  3. Giving Gifts: Your gifts communicate the fact that you approve of your delegate. To do this, don’t wait for special occasions. And also note that being there when needed—being available, is a great gift.
  4. Doing Acts of Service: Do things that you don’t necessarily have to do. Go out of your way to help your delegate help you. After all, “You can delegate authority, but you can never delegate responsibility for delegating a task to someone else. If you picked the right man, fine, but if you picked the wrong man, the responsibility is your—not his. If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.” Krafve, Richard E; Hyman G. Rickover
  5. Physical Touch: This is the most frequent biblical medium for impartation. You can practice it, too, in the spiritual context of laying hands upon and praying for your delegate…and even in such common actions as greeting him/her with a handshake, giving him/her frequent “pats-in-the-back”, etc.

In conclusion, take note:

No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit. Andrew Carnegie

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuityGeorge S Patton

When in doubt, mumble; when in charge, ponder; when in trouble, delegate. James H. Boren

God bless you.

Ola Kolawole.


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