7 Reasons I’m Dumping Delegation

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I’ve always strived to be a delegator. I know I’ve written posts on it before…how to do it successfully…that kind of garbage. But, that’s before I knew the skinny on delegation. So, that’s it. I’m done. No more delegation for me.

I’m dumping delegation for good.

Here’s what I discovered…

7 problems with delegation:

I might appear to be doing less – Everyone knows I’m the leader. What will they think if I’m not the one doing everything?

I will lose authority – Delegation…done right at least…means I give up the right to control. Does that even need an explanation? Seriously?

I will still have to be available – Supposedly you aren’t supposed to dump and run with delegation. So, if I’m going to be involved anyway…I might as well do it. Duh.

Someone might not do things the way I would – And you know my way is best.

It might get done faster and better – Faster is one thing…but better? Who’s got time for that? And, then what am I going to do with the extra time on my hands?

It might expose or grow a new leader – How threatening!

Someone else might get credit – My credit!

Do you see why I’m dropping delegation from my leadership toolbox? Brilliant I say.

What say you? What problems have you discovered with delegation? Ahh…never mind. I’ll answer myself.

(For those who struggle with a weird sense of humor like mine…or for the extremely literal among us…here’s the disclaimer you’re looking for…Is this enough? Hope so, because I’ve technically delegated clarifications of my posts to someone on our team. And, I think they’re off today.)

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21 thoughts on “7 Reasons I’m Dumping Delegation

  1. Funny. I read the post about 3 times trying to figure out if you were serious or not. Delegation is a funny thing though. I want to lean into it, but I do struggle with most of those thoughts. Ugh, so frustrating. Anyhow, thanks for underscoring this in our leadership Ron.

    • Thank you! And, yes, I'm very much committed to delegation. It's possibly one of the single greatest functions of good leadership.

  2. Good thinking, Ron. It's good that you didn't delegate the thought process. It probably would not have been better. And, by the way, Brad, the new font might work. If you can't come up with it, maybe you can delegate it.

  3. I was thrilled when I first discovered your blog a few years ago because the content really resonated with me. I found that you were able to articulate what I had been thinking and couldn't put into words, or were teaching me lessons through your posts that I knew were vitally important for me to learn. Because I've been fortunate to get to know you a little and because I've read so much of your stuff, I was a little surprised at first but then as I read on I realized you weren't being serious. Maybe part of me was a little relieved. Glad to see you're still with us and haven't lost your mind! I appreciate your writings, your influence, and your sense of humor!

  4. If I knew how to invent a font, I would invent a sarcasm font. In my mind, it leans the opposite direction of italicized font. But since I don't know how to do it, I guess it won't be done…
    Twitter: _brad_gilbert_

  5. I’m with ya! Delegation? Phaw! Why allow others to use their gifts and talents when I can muddle my way through? I like muddling! Muddle…it has a nice ring! And furthermore, how will people know just how awesome I am if other people do it?

    • I hope you realize this is intended to be a humorous post. That's why it's in the “funny” category too. I'm still a fan of delegation. :)