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Title:Delegation of responsibilities: a leadership tool for subordinates' competence development in selected organisations in Ibadan metropolis
Author:Ayodeji Omolawal, Samuel
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology (ISSN 0331-4111)
Geographic term:Nigeria
personnel management
Abstract:Delegation of responsibilities constitutes a very important ingredient of good leadership in organisations and is critical to competence development of workers. However, experience shows that many leaders are unwilling to delegate responsibilities to their subordinates for a number of reasons. This study was designed to investigate delegation of responsibilities as a tool for competence development of subordinates in selected organisations in Ibadan metropolis. A survey was conducted with 206 respondents randomly selected from 20 public and private organisations in Ibadan. The study shows that respondents perceive delegation of responsibilities as a vital tool for developing, equipping and motivating subordinates, and that it has positive effects on subordinates' performance. The study also reveals that lack of confidence in subordinates, level of skill and competence, organisational climate, and bureaucracy were barriers to delegation of responsibilities. The author argues that delegation of responsibilities is a cost-free way of enhancing competence development of subordinates in organisations, and should therefore be encouraged among leaders irrespective of their levels. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]