Why Bosses Don’t Delegate

The higher an employee rises in the organizational hierarchy, the more indispensable they seem to become and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to make time for themselves or to shoulder additional responsibilities. As a part of business coaching, organizations should help their managers and supervisors learn to delegate some of their work to avoid getting into this situation. However, you ought to be mentally prepared for resistance because many bosses do not like

Delegating their jobs for one or more of the following reasons.

1. A Feeling of Insecurity
Senior executives may find it tough to trust that the job will be done in a competent way by the employee to whom they delegate. This is especially true of individuals who micromanage: even if they do give up part of the responsibility because they learned about it in business coaching, they will keep watching over the shoulder because they are scared things will go wrong, and they will ultimately be blamed.
2. Obsession with Control
Some bosses get an ego kick out of being the boss; doing things themselves makes them feel important, powerful and in control. Such people worry that delegating a task to someone else means they will not be able to assert their authority.
3. Desire for the Limelight
Some executives take on tasks that they can easily delegate for the sheer visibility it provides them. If there is a job that helps market their quality or capabilities – especially to the higher-ups – they are loath to delegate this task to a junior employee because the focus may shift from them to this employee and make them appear redundant.
4. Avoiding other Responsibilities
Senior employees may not delegate to show their boss they already have their hands full because they want to avoid some other responsibility. Perhaps the other tasks waiting in the wings are difficult, or require further business coaching, or involve greater responsibility and accountability – whatever the reason, they are unpleasant and the only way to avoid them is to show you just do not have the time to handle them.
5. Not Wanting to Let Go
In some cases, the boss may truly love the task although he has grown past the stage of doing it. In such cases, this attachment and love for the job makes him unwilling to give it up to someone else and business coaching has to focus on helping him make the transition.

Delegation is important and no matter what the reason for refusing to do it, senior executives ultimately need to open up to it at some time. Understanding these reasons can help organizations include training on delegation techniques as part of their business coaching program.

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