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Discuss the importance of delegation as a leadership tool

President Ronald Reagan has been described by some as a master of delegation. He has been quoted as saying, "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."

Discuss the importance of delegation as a leadership tool. Identify and describe a leader with delegation strengths and explain why you think this person is/was a good delegator.

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Delegating responsibilities takes a mindset that not only trusts that this individual can and will handle the task but will do so per what is expected of them. Understanding why some subordinates are asked to delegate and why some are not is all part of the decision-making process and needed for leaders like Ronald Reagan to put energy into other important things that he would otherwise not have the time to address if he did not delegate other tasks. Some believe that delegation is a form of decision-making that will only be handed down to a person that is trusted and believed to be responsible enough to follow the policies involved to do the job effectively. "Many writers who have addressed delegation have done so in the context of participative decision making. Some (Strauss, 1963; Yukl, 1981) have ...

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The importance of delegation as a leadership tool is discussed. The leader with delegation strengths is identified and discussed.