The author shows how managers in education can contribute to school improvement, and focus on the essential personal and practical management skills needed to instill a positive team culture.

Encouraging Team Development Through Effective Delegation

encouraging team development through effective delegation

To him, delegating work is rather like donating blood – frightening to contemplate, messy in the giving and, worst of all, entailing a personal and irreplaceable loss.

(Quoted in Goodworth, 1985)


Delegation is a skill of which we have all heard – but which few really understand. It can be used either as an excuse for dumping tasks onto the shoulders of colleagues, or as a dynamic tool for motivating and training your team to realize their full potential. Delegation underpins a style of management that allows your team to use and develop their skills and knowledge to the full potential. Yet, it is not instinctive human behaviour. This chapter looks at the form and function ...

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