Delegation of Authority and Employees’ Performance

Victor Barinua (Ph.D)
Department of management, Faculty of Management Science, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria

Gbawa, Moses
Department of management, Faculty of Management Science, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria


The practice of delegating task is no longer new but as old as mankind. Though, it has become more intense and serves as a modern practice globally than ever before due to globalization and competition. The need for this is necessitated by the fact that organisation tasks are often very complex and stressful indeed, that no one single individual can handle it alone to yield desired result, except that such tasks are delegated to subordinates either in whole or in parts. Given this therefore, this study examines the relationships between delegation of authority and employees’ performance in organisations. The study explores the concept of delegation of authority and employees’ performance and its measures, as well democratic leadership theory and communicative theory due to their relevance with the study. According to the findings, delegation of power is important for enhancing employee performance in organisations. This, on the other hand, implies that the more authority delegated to employees, the more effectively the employees perform the task expected of them; and it is recommended that firm management should continually intensify the process of activating managerial authority delegation for employees, while ensuring that the level of delegation corresponds to the amount of tasks, in order to improve performance among other things.

Keywords: Delegation of authority, employees’ performance, effectiveness, task accomplishment, punctuality.


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