Delegation: 6 Myths About Delegation

As a manager or leader you probably find yourself with a lot of competing demands on your time.  You might even be struggling to deliver on your key objectives.

Every manager and leader understands that they cannot possibly do everything on their own, yet many resist delegation.  In my experience part of the reason for this is that they have pre-conceived ideas about delegation.  Some of the common myths include:

  1. It will take too long to explain it to someone else so it is quicker to do it myself
  2. I have no one that I could trust enough to delegate such an important job to
  3. I tried to delegate in the past but it did not work so I don’t think it will work in the future
  4. If I delegate too much, my boss will wonder if they really need me and I might get made redundant
  5. Delegation is for people who cannot handle a big portfolio of work by themselves
  6. I don’t have the time to delegate with so much to do

All of these myths are just that.  Truth is if you want to prosper as a manager or leader, you need to be willing to delegate.  So what is stopping you delegating?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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David Redlinger says 21 November 2014

I don’t know about the word “Delegate,” to me the job is more of problem solving then pointing fingers. My problem that there are too many little delegaters, morale, and lack of consistency while I am just keeping the ship afloat.

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