Fresh Look – If you’re politically skilled, delegate

A new study shows that politically skilled leaders tend to delegate decisions more than their unskilled colleagues.[1] Does this make sense? Indeed it does. Think about it, politically skilled leaders are active networkers, and by virtue of these connections, they understand the details of successful delegation, i.e., who to delegate, what, when, and how.[2] In short, networking leads to accurate interpersonal judgments about who to trust and who not to trust.[3]

So, if you are politically skilled, go ahead and delegate. Research shows that if you do, you are likely to have committed employees.

[1] G. Thompson, R. Buch & B. Kuvaas. 2017. Political skill, participation in decision-making and organizational commitment. Personnel Review, 46 (4): 740-749.
[2] D. Treadway, W. Hochwarter, G. Ferris, C. Kacmar, C. Douglas, A. Ammeter, & M. Buckley. 2004. Leader political skill and employee reactions. Leadership Quarterly, 15 (4): 493-513.
[3] J. Marineau. 2017. Trust and distrust network accuracy and career advancement in an organization. Group & Organization Management, 42 (4): 487–520.