Peter Drucker, the management guru who died last week, wrote in 1987′s “Management Lessons of Irangate” about the danger of presidents and chief executives who rely too heavily on delegation at the expense of accountability:
“A chief executive officer must delegate, otherwise he’ll end up like Gulliver in Lilliput, ineffectual and ensnared in details, as were Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. But delegation requires greater accountability and tighter control. Delegation requires clear assignment of a specific task, clear definition of the expected results and a deadline. Above all it requires that the subordinate to whom a task is delegated keep the boss fully informed.”
I think this is a serious drawback of President Bush’s management style that is coming back to bite him — he relies heavily on delegating tasks but offers little follow-up or accountability for failure. Are the objectives in Iraq, for instance, too vague and open-ended?
How good of a manager do you think Bush is?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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