Isn’t this risky for a leader or manager to assign decision making?

I think it is a phony when people say they don’t want to spread decision making around because it’s risky. It is not more risky than when the leaders make the decisions, not if it is done the way I have outlined in The Decision Maker. If someone is making a decision in this way, then they are seeking out the advice and counsel of others – not just their peers, but senior leaders too. When someone is knowledgeable in the area they are leading the decision making on, and they take ownership and seek out advice from multiple sources, they are just as likely, perhaps even more so, to make a good decision – as much as any leader would. And, yes people make mistakes and they make poor decisions, but that is true for leaders and executives too.