Delegation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old delegation quotes, delegation sayings, and delegation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


People and organizations don't grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.     

Stephen Covey

The scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state he is Man Thinking     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delegating means letting others become the experts and hence the best.     

Timothy Firnstahl

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 Rumsfeld

The great leaders are like the best conductors. They reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.     

Blaine Lee

When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.     

Craig Groeschel

Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.     

Ronald Reagan

I find that many entrepreneurs are trying to do everything when it would be cheaper and more time-efficient to delegate, even if there are monetary costs associated with that.     

James Altucher

You can delegate authority, but you can never delegate responsibility for delegating a task to someone else. If you picked the right man, fine, but if you picked the wrong man, the responsibility is yours -- not his.      

Richard E Krafve

The really expert riders of horses let the horse know immediately who is in control, but then guide the horse with loose reins and seldom use the spurs.     

Sandra Day O'Connor

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.     

George S. 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 while they do it.     

Theodore Roosevelt

When you delegate work to the member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives.     

Steven Sinofsky

The first rule of management is delegation. Don't try and do everything yourself because you can't.     

Anthea Turner

Sometimes you just have to be willing to delegate and not feel like you're the only one with the answer.     

Ronald D. Moore

Delegation is an issue of respect and how much we respect those that are under us on our team.     

Dr. Hans Finzel

Nobody can do everything well, so learn how to delegate responsibility to other winners and then hold them accountable for their decisions.     

George Foreman

You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.     

Byron Dorgan

Are we limiting our success by not mastering the art of delegation? …. it's simply a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.     

Oprah Winfrey

The first job of leadership is obtaining power. The second job is delegating it to subordinates.     

JBR Yant

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.     

Robert Half

DELEGATION, n. In American politics, an article of merchandise that comes in sets.     

Ambrose Bierce

The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.     

Richard Branson

Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it . . . . Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.     

David Ogilvy

If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.     

John C. Maxwell

Every day you meet a delegation going to some convention to try and change the way of somebody else's life.     

Will Rogers

Delegation means that he will concern himself with the results of their activities and not with the details of their day-to-day performance. This requires a degree of confidence in them which enables him to accept certain risks. Unless he takes these risks there will be no delegation.     

Douglas McGregor

Many families think of church as if it was a convention - they send one delegate.     

Wayne Day

Imparting trust, the real meaning of delegation, is a powerful thing.     

Scott Berkun

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.     

James H. Boren