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Delegating Effectively

Emily A. Sterrett, Ph.D., SPHR

Course Outline

This course is a two-hour online course that teaches managers and project managers in technical fields how to delegate work effectively. By understanding the process of delegation from beginning to end and practicing it with his or her own employees, any manager can master this important and often elusive skill. The course will help managers understand how all parties involved benefit from better delegation skills at all levels of the organization. Learning and applying this skill is an important key in the manager's personal satisfaction and career development.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

This course will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers, architects, land surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and related technical professionals whose job responsibilities include managing and supervising employees, as well as managing projects.

Benefit to Attendees

Most people with management responsibilities will admit that they need to do better at delegating to their employees. The benefit of this course for those who complete it is that they will have a detailed blueprint for how to develop others by carefully delegating projects, activities, authority, and responsibility.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file Delegating Effectively. You need to open or download above documents to study this course.

Course Summary

Many technical managers struggle with delegating. In fact, in most fields of work good delegation is considered an advanced management skill. It is challenging, yet it is essential. It is only through good delegation that any manager will be able to see out from under the heavy workloads common in most organizations today. There a numerous reasons why the delegating manager benefits from properly turning over responsibilities and accountability to capable others. Some of these personal benefits include better health, possibly more family time, and career enhancement. The employee to whom you delegate benefits with new challenges and career development. The organization certainly benefits because it has a sharper pool of talent to cover projects and future leadership needs.

This course has discussed in detail the steps managers and project managers should use to delegate properly, beginning with a plan for identifying you best candidates and matching your best candidates with suitable new challenges. Two other major keys to the success of your delegation efforts are the meeting in which you make the assignment to turn responsibility over to your employee (the "delegating conversation") and how you follow up to be sure that expectations are being met.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.