Practical Application: Effective Delegation Scenarios

Instructor: Ian Lord

Ian has an MBA and is a real estate investor, former health professions educator, and Air Force veteran.

In this guide, you will apply your knowledge of delegation, the act of passing down authority, to hypothetical scenarios, as well as apply this to your current employment.


When delegating authority, a leader passes down to a subordinate the authority to get a task accomplished while still retaining responsibility and accountability for the outcome of that task. As such, you'll need to consider when it is appropriate to hand off specific tasks and who would be able to meet your standards. These exercises are meant to get you thinking about how delegation works in a realistic work environment.

Scenario 1

You are the manager of a real estate investment company. The business model is to buy properties at a bargain price, fix them up, and resell them for a profit. Your department is responsible for coordinating the repairs and upgrades once the homes have been bought. These homes often require repairs such as windows, plumbing, air conditioning, electrical, roofing, and interior wall repairs. These jobs need to be supervised, and the team must also ensure that all of the proper permits and inspections are completed by the city. The homes require a final inspection before the sales team takes over.

You can't accomplish this all by yourself, but you have three team members to help! Some things to consider:

Do you need to give them any special instructions?

How much authority will you give to each team member?

Is there anything that you legally or ethically can't delegate?

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