Do Not Delegate Accountability

Learn how delegating accountability is not a good idea as a manager.

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Key to good delegation

The key to good delegation is understanding the difference between accountability and responsibility. Despite the words often being used interchangeably, there’s a subtle but important difference between them when it comes to delegation:

  • If you take accountability for a task, you are held to account for the completion of that task to the required level of quality.
  • If you have responsibility for a task, you’re the one who is actually doing it.

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