I believe in the importance of setting deadlines; I teach it to all of my managers. But I prefer a more subtle method where possible. I like to see the team member operating from an internal deadline based on their internal motivation. This is a deadline which is “gleefully” pursued. I prefer to see my team members moving towards an object of desire rather than away from an object of fear (senior management). Either way though, if the job is not deadlined, it is not delegated.