The 8 Barriers to Delegation

Understanding the barriers to delegation in managers

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It’s surprising that many managers and leaders often find the delegation step in Liberating Leadership difficult and uncomfortable. They are often reluctant to make the mindset change required to enable their team to perform brilliantly and beyond expectations.

In order to understand this you only need to hear how they express and rationalise their unwillingness to delegate wholeheartedly.

The 8 barriers to delegation are:

1. I can do it better myself.

2. My people are just not capable enough.

3. It takes too much time to explain what I want done.

4. If it goes wrong I’ll still be accountable.

5. Delegation reduces my own authority.

6. I’ll be shown up if they do too good a job.

7. My people prefer that I make the decisions.

8. Team members want to avoid responsibility (at least at work).

As you go through these barriers to delegation what do you notice?

They are all limiting beliefs about the team or the manager’s ability, which will prevent them from delegating effectively! No doubt the team members will pick up any incongruence within the manager or leader when they do attempt to delegate and maybe seen to slip into micro management.

You might want to ask yourself which one of these, if any, apply to you?

‘The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.’ Theodore Roosevelt

How do you overcome the barriers to delegation?

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