A good quote can instill a good habit that a long lecture cannot. We all agree that a good manager must learn how to delegate and yet most managers balk when it comes to effective delegation. I share here a few quotes that I hope will drive home the benefits of delegation.
“Focus on what you are good at; delegate all else. Steve Jobs doesn’t direct animated movies or woo Wall Street. He concentrates on what he’s good at.” ― Leander Kahney, Inside Steve’s Brain
“If you want someone to be for you, never let him feel he is dependent upon you; rather, in some way, make him feel that you are dependent upon him.” ― George C. Marshal
“If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” — Richard Branson.
“Deciding what not do is as important as deciding what to do it yourself” — Jessica Jackley
“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” — Andrew Carnegie
“Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.” — Donald Rumsfield
“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” — General Patton
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt