When Should Leaders Own a Decision and When Should They Delegate?

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When Should Leaders Own a Decision and When Should They Delegate?

Leaders earn their keep by making smart decisions. But sometimes the smartest decision is to delegate that decision to someone else. Every decision fits somewhere along a risk continuum. An ugly shade of green in the hallway is not necessarily going to damage the brand, but an ill-timed acquisition might—just as hiring a single underwhelming employee will have fewer consequences than the decision to outsource a functional area for twelve global offices.

Kellogg Insight | Monday, October 2, 2017

Leaders earn their keep by making smart decisions. But sometimes the smartest decision is to delegate that decision to someone else. Every decision fits somewhere along a risk continuum. An ugly shade of green in the hallway is not necessarily going to damage the brand, but an ill-timed acquisition might—just as hiring a single underwhelming employee will have fewer consequences than the decision to outsource a functional area for twelve global offices.

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