2 Short Exercises That Encourage & Improve Delegation Skills

February 25, 2016

As a leader, you should always be on the lookout for candidates who would make good team leaders or managers one day.

These are individuals who are confident, intelligent, and able to communicate well with others.

Managers should help their staff grow in their positions, and one vital skill to master to climb up the corporate ladder is delegation.

Some people innately possess the skills needed to delegate, while others must learn them.

A good manager can help these employees learn delegation skills, often without them even knowing about it, with these fun games and activities.

Scavenger Hunt

Pick one or more candidates that you would like to teach delegation skills to, and ask them to help you put on a scavenger hunt for the rest of the employees.

You should assign them all the steps of the preparation, such as picking teams, preparing materials for the hunt, explaining the directions to the participants, and picking rewards for winners.

These are all duties that managers have to continuously conduct in the workplace.

Assigning particular tasks to groups of staff depending on their strengths and weaknesses; preparing tasks and projects to delegate; providing instructions as to how to complete the tasks and projects; and rewarding staff for good work.

Depending on how well your candidates do on this task will give you insight about how they might fare as future leaders one day.


This is an easy activity that doesn’t require a lot of time or setup.

Create a shape out of Legos, not making it too difficult or too easy to replicate.

Depending on the size of your team, allow staff to participate as individuals or groups, giving each team the Lego pieces required to replicate the model.

Pick a person that you would like to improve their delegation skills to be the leader.

Provide this model to the leader, and ask him to stand in front of the others with their back to them, hiding the Lego piece.

The goal of this exercise is for the leader to explain to others how to replicate the model.

This activity helps those learning to delegate communicate via precise and clear language, as well as use a step-by-step approach to help others understand what is required, which is imperative for all leaders.

Although the concept of learning any new skill does not sound fun, creating games or fun activities that teach delegation skills can be an enjoyable, yet useful process.

Many thanks

Mark Williams

Head of Training and Development

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