6 reasons why managers don’t delegate – and why they’re wrong

.When we survey managers about why they don’t delegate, there are always plausible reasons why they don’t. Ultimately the issue is: if you’re not delegating then you’re not managing. So what is it managers tell us? Here are some gems!

“I’m too busy, I just don’t have the time”

This is the most common reason given, and no-one can disagree that giving the time up is difficult. So is it quicker to do it yourself? Well…not really! Time is limited and by delegating you will be able to focus on the more important aspects of your role. Sure it does take a little more time initially, but it is worth that investment. Management is about being successful through the activities of others. So moving from a ‘doer’ to a manager is often difficult as it requires that change of mindset.

“I don’t want to lose control”

Again this is understandable but ultimately if you try to do everything yourself then you’ll fail. There’s just not enough time to do everything that needs to be done, and you will not be able to do the extra things that management involves. Being in control doesn’t mean you have to do everything, or have your hands around it. Delegation is a major step in empowering your staff.

“They won’t do it as well as I can”

And this may well be true – especially at first, but that’s probably an argument for getting better at management. Coaching and teaching your staff, bringing them up to speed so they can do it well How liberating will that be for you?

“They might do it better than me”

Ah the counter argument. This is often a genuine concern to managers, even if they don’t like to admit that their people will be better than them so they lose face. But of course it’s not your job anymore so if your staff do it well then as the manager you don’t lose the credit, you GET the credit. Remember you’re a manager

“I like doing these things”

If you’re new to management there will be lots of aspects of your old job that you really like. So having to give them up is tough because you enjoy them and your new responsibilities are harder as you’re having to learn as you go. So there is a level of comfort and security in knowing what you know and doing what you do. But being a manager will create so many new opportunities for you to learn and grow just like you did when you were an operator.

“I might delegate myself out of a job”

That’s the point, not to delegate yourself out of a job, but to ELEVATE yourself out of a job. To step up and take on more, so your focus can be on higher-level tasks and issues and preparing yourself for the next step up. This transition phase is difficult sure, but it is about letting go to your people so they develop, grow and step up; and then so do you.