Those who give away authority gain it.
Authorizing a team to recommend the final candidates for a position within your company enhances your own authority. Releasing others to act apart from your direct guidance motivates them to seek your guidance. Delegating decisions enhances commitment to you and your organization.
Warning: giving authority away can’t be an act of neglect on your part. In other words, you’ll loose authority if others believe you are neglecting your responsibilities by delegating them to others.
Who can you trust with authority?
Look for five things; vision, context, consequences, competence, and accountability.
Do they clearly understand and share your vision?
Do they understand the organizational context and consequences of their contribution?
Have they demonstrated competence?
Do they embrace accountability for their choices?
Those seeking authority, give it away.
Questions for comments.
What other things should be true before you give your authority to another?
When should you keep authority for yourself?
Do you have a story where giving away authority worked?
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