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7 Reasons Leaders Don't Delegate

As a leader, do you struggle with delegation? Delegation can be very tough for leaders. So why do some leaders fail to delegate? Here are seven reasons from Thom Rainer:

  1. Some are control freaks. They want to know all details. They are distrustful of others who might make decisions. They feel as if they have lost control of their positions if someone else gets involved in their work.
  2. Some are insecure. These leaders worry that they will be perceived as disposable if others do some of the critical work. Their lack of security often means that they will hoard assignments even if they do not get done.
  3. Some are lazy. They don’t want to take the time to equip and train others to do the tasks. They don’t realize that a little investment in someone else only makes their work more productive.
  4. Some don’t prioritize. If they did, they would make certain that the most important tasks were accomplished. Instead they often spend time on minutiae that makes little difference.
  5. Some can’t leave their comfort zones. They would rather do the things they’ve always done because they are comfortable doing so. If they delegated their routine tasks, they would have to move out of their comfort zones to take on new challenges.
  6. Some have analysis paralysis. If they or a subordinate take on a task, the leader wants to look at it from every angle. They are famous for preparing 80-page documents when six or seven pages would suffice. They think they are preparing for every contingency when such a feat is impossible.
  7. Some fear not getting the glory. This symptom is another facet of insecurity. The leader is fearful of letting go of anything if the result is someone else getting credit. Instead of being the type of leader who desires to see others become successful, he or she desires all the recognition. Such is a miserable existence that is doomed for failure.


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