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Motivation has an importance relationship to delegation because without it, delegated task are not performed.

To delegate effectively to project team members, try some of these ideas:
1.Determine desired results.
Make sure to develop a plan and create objectives. Many managers determine desired results, but do not communicate them clearly.
2.Assign and discuss tasks.
Assignment usually takes place but not discussion. Provide team members with an opportunity to ask questions and clarify instructions. This is the most important ingredient for successful delegation.
3.Delegate authority.
Make sure your team members and the rest of your organization know what tasks are delegated. There can be no confusion if authority to act exists and knowledge of which tasks have been delegated has been imparted.
4.Communicate expectations.
This step is not done very well. "Just do it" or "just handle it" are all-too-common requests from project managers. Make sure that your expectatio…

Organizational Concepts

Review these four concepts that relate to ability and right to act. Use these principles to help project team members contribute to your projects and to make the right types of decisions.

Authority relates to the vertical hierarchy of positions in organizations. It is defined as the right to act. Authority consists of making decisions within a designated scope, assigning tasks, and expecting satisfactory performance of tasks. Examples are directing others and authorizing the spending of funds.
You must delegate authority to enable others to act.
Responsibility is defined as an obligation to act. Unlike authority, responsibility (once accepted) cannot be delegated. Responsibility typically begins when an individual accepts a position at an organization.
Accountability uses elements of authority and responsibility. It is defined as being liable for actions. Once you accept a delegated assignment, you have accountability to act and to answe…