If honest when asked why a leader doesn’t delegate, here is what the person might say:
- I enjoy what I do and don’t want to give it up.
- I feel like I would be admitting failure or limitations.
- I think it makes me look important to be busy.
- I like to maintain control.
- I don’t know if I can trust other people to do it right.
- I am afraid the person might try to do more than asked.
- I don’t want to risk someone quitting before the job is completed.
- I am unwilling for things to be done differently than what I might do them.
- I don’t want to invest time and effort into training someone else.
- I fear the person might do a better job than me and consequently make me look bad.
Notice the word “I.” Lack of delegation is about keeping things all about me … usually an outgrowth of pride or insecurities. But, what about the opportunities and growth it would provide for others?
If you struggle with delegating responsibilities, think about the basis and benefits of getting others involved. Learn the skill of delegating and many of the above reasons will disappear.