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The Top 7 Leadership Quotes On Delegation To Inspire You To Greatness

MAY 27, 2015
Prialto Post

Let these Delegation quotes about leadership inspire you to let go and delegate your way to the top

What do you think is one of the most underated leadership skills that entrepreneurs and leaders credit their success to?

According to Richard Branson, CEO and founder of Virgin Group, it’s the simple ability of leaders to “delegate and let go.” 

“If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” —  Richard Branson.

Richard Branson isn’t the only one who attributes his success, at least in part to the ability to delegate and let go. Here are 6 other highly successful business people, leaders and entrepreneurs who feel just as strongly about delegating and 6 delegation quotes that will inspire you to become better leaders through the art of delegation. Here are the The Top 7 Leadership Quotes On Delegation To Inspire You To Greatness

1 — Jessica Jackley: American businesswoman and entrepreneur

Delegation quote on leadership by Jessica-Jackley. "Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do"

Jessica is best known for co-founding Kiva and later ProFounder, two organizations that help individuals loan small amounts of money, called micro-loans, to entrepreneurs throughout the world.

Jessica attributes part of her success as an entrepreneur in her ability to prioritize and delegate.

“As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest.”

2 —Eli Broad: American philanthropist and entrepreneur

Delegation quote on leadership by Eli-Broad. "The inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers t all levels."

Eli is the only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in different industries (KB Home and Sun America). As of April 2015, Forbes ranked Eli as the 185th wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $7.1 billion.

According to Eli, “the inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers at all levels.”

The following is an excerpt taken from his book, The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking, which is available at most bookstores and online booksellers.

“Once you’ve identified your crucial tasks and sorted out your priorities, try to find a way to delegate everything else. The inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers at all levels. The Top 7 Leadership Quotes On Delegation To Inspire You To Greatness

The trick to delegating is to make sure your employees share your priorities. Bosses should make clear what qualifies as an emergency, which situations require a team, individual, or leader response, and how far each person’s duties and abilities can be stretched.

Find the best people to whom you can delegate, and know their strengths and weaknesses. If you think you can do it better, delegate anyway and try as hard as you can to close that gap by giving your colleague or employee the right feedback. Then recognize and accept that just because someone does something a little differently than you would, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. What counts is that your goals get accomplished at a sufficient level of quality

3 — Andrew Carnegie: From rags to riches, he knew how to hustle to get what he wanted

Delegation quote on leadership by Andrew-Carnagie. "No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit"

His life was a true rags to riches story. Andrew Carnegie was Scottish born, and immigrated to the United States with his very poor parents in 1848.  Carnegie started work as a telegrapher and by 1899 he owned over 25% of American steel production. By 1902, he was the richest man in the world. The Top 7 Leadership Quotes On Delegation To Inspire You To Greatness

Once Andrew found success, he became a master delegator. His tombstone reflects this and reads “Here lies a man who knew how to enlist the service of better men than himself.”

Andrew believed “No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.”

He once told a friend who told him that he got to work at 7 in the morning:

“You must be a lazy man if it takes you ten hours to do a day’s work. What I do is get good men and I never give them orders. My directions do not go beyond suggestions. Here in the morning I get reports from them. Within an hour I have disposed of everything, sent out all my suggestions, the day’s work done, and I am ready to go out and enjoy myself.”

4 — Donald Rumsfeld: American politician and businessman

leadership quotes: “Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it."- Donald Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld served as the 13th Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, and as the 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He is both the youngest and oldest person to have served as Secretary of Defense.

“Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.”

5 — George S. Patton: United States Army General

Leadership quotes on Deleation: Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” General George S.Patton

George S. Patton was a United States army General best known for his leadership of the Third United States Army in France and Germany following the allied invasion of Normandy.

George was a brilliant leader and a delegating mastermind who understood he needed to focus on the most important tasks at hand and be close to the troops in order to win the war.. How else could he have made his mark in history? On the subject of delegation he once said:

 “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

6 — David Ogilvy: Advertising executive who was widely hailed as “The Father of Advertising”

leadership quotes on delegation: "Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it . . . Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine."David Ogilvy

In 1962, Time magazine called David Ogilvy “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry”. Ogilvy’s success can be tied directly back to his ability to hire smart people, delegate and let them do their jobs.

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it . . .  Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.”

 Do you know how to delegate?

According to a study on time management conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), 53% of 332 polled companies have a “somewhat high” or “high” level of concern about the time management skills of their employees, and 46% feel the same way about workers’ delegation skills.

Despite studies and proof from successful leaders and business people like Richard Branson that the ability to successsfully delegate is critical for business success, delegation is still quite possibly one of the most underrated competencies in leadership.

There is hope however for busy executives, small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to delegate more but struggle with scheduilng skills or who are overloaded with administrative tasks. Hire well; specifically hire a good personal assistant or a remote personal asistant also knowon as a virtual assistant who can take some things off your plate while also contributing to your success.


Millionaire Rule #1:
Have a To-Do List

Billionaire Rule #1:
Have a Not-To-Do List
(List of tasks to be delegated)

Which of these quotes really inspired you ?

Leave your Comments Below !

Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)

What do Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett have in common, in addition to their fairly sizable net worths? More than you might think.

An infographic developed by social-media marketing company NowSourcing details some of the qualities and traits shared by the rich (we’re talking those who earn more than $160,000 a year and have $3.2 million in assets). If you want to take a page out of Bill Gates’ playbook, wake up early, exercise, read more (definitely cut back on your reality TV intake) and write a daily to-do list.

For more tips and statistics, including a gender breakdown and where the world’s nearly 31.7 million millionaires call home, check out the infographic below.


Which of these habits do you have ?

How do your habits compare ?

30 Of The Coolest and Most Creative Business Cards Ever

January 21, 2017
Bored Panda
Lina D

A good business card definitely won’t ensure your success, but it sure can help! It can make all the difference in the first impression that you have on someone, or whether or not you leave an impression at all, so here are 30 cleverly-designed business cards that will get you thinking about how you might want to present yourself!

Many of us are probably guilty of accepting business cards out of politeness and then just throwing them away or forgetting about them (I know I am). These cards, however, stay with you – psychologically or physically. Some have been cleverly designed to double as useful tools, product samples or funny little toys, while others manage to make a point about the person on the card that will stick more than just a name and an address.

With the emphasis placed on networking these days, it’s more important than ever to stand out of the crowd – and here are a few good ideas for how to do it! For other great examples of creative marketing and design, check out our packaging and bagvertising posts.

1. Cosmetic Surgeon Business Card

Advertising Agency: Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Vienna, Austria

2. Yoga Trainer Business Cards

Advertising Agency: Marked for Trade

3. Cheese Grater Business Card

Advertising Agency: JWT, Brazil

4. Tearable Divorce Lawyer Business Card

Notice that the card has contact information on both sides.

5. Yoga Mat Business Card

A simple, yet very creative business card for Vancouver yoga center. The card rolls just like a yoga mat.

6. Fitness Trainer’s Tearable Business Card

Zohra Mouhetta helps you strip away your belly! (Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

7. Designer’s Seed Packet Business Card

Designed by Jamie Wieck

8. Circumciser’s Business Card

Advertising Agency: Agency: Healthy People by Grey, Istanbul, Turkey

9. Event Photographer’s Viewfinder Business Card

10. Dentist’s Cavity Business Card

Designed by Michael Häne & Remo Caminada

11. Stretchy Personal Trainer’s Business Card

If you want to see the text on this business card, you have to do a little stretching exercise.

12. Hair Dresser Business Cards

Designed by Igor Perkusic

13. Cigarette Filter Business Card

Advertising Agency: Bos, Toronto, Canada

14. Buy/Sell Investment Representative Business Cards

Advertising Agency: Rethink, Canada

15. Yoga Center Straw

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Shanghai, China

16. Sommelière Wineglass Business Card

Designed by Caserne

17. Your Own Personal Lego Agent

18. Picture Frame Business Card

Advertising Agency: Piko, Moldova

19. Stylish Transparency Business Card

Designed by Dario Monetini

20. Makeup Business Card

Advertising Agency: OpusMúltipla, Curitiba, Brazil

21. Toy Chair Business Card

Advertising Agency: DDB, Brazil

22. Miniature Plumber’s Plunger With Contact Information

Designed by Indelible Design

23. Seed Packet Business Card

Advertising Agency: Struck, USA

24.Bike Multi-Tool Business Card

Designer: Rethink Canada

25. Classic Rock Theme Business Card

This groovy hair salon comb plays a classic rock theme when rubbed by fingernail, using the same principle as a musicbox comb. (Advertising Agency: Fabio Milito design, Roma, Italy)

26. Transformable Cargo Box Business Card

Advertising Agency: Y&R, São Paulo, Brazil

27. Restaurant Salt Shaker Business Card

Designed by flux

28. Survival Training Dried Meat Business Card

Advertising Agency: Rethink, Vancouver, Canada

29. Tennis Business Card

Advertising Agency: Publicis, Brazil

30. Grillable Business Card

Image credits: adsoftheworld.com

Top 10 Renewable Energy Trends to Watch in 2017

December 30, 2016
Renewable Energy World