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Do These Engagement Killers Remind You of Anyone You Know?

Engagement Killers: Remind You Of Anyone You Know?For some reason, getting leaders to delegate is one of the most confounding issues I come across in my work in employee engagement and in coaching future and current leaders – even though it has such a simple solution!

The article “4 Reasons Why Managers Don’t Delegate” delivers on the promise of the title; it tells us four common things stopping leaders from delegating. When you read the reasons, it almost seems to be elementary.

However, the sad reality is that this is way too common. Unfortunately, leaders often don’t understand that these behaviours come with further unintended consequences.

Let’s have a look at each one and the message it sends to employees:

1. Fear

A leader’s fear of delegating is not worth the cost of not delegating. When leaders are afraid to delegate, these are the messages employees receive:

  • I don’t trust you.
  • You aren’t capable of doing the job.
  • I am not interested in developing you.
  • I don’t want any competition for my job.

Is this the message good leaders should be sending? I think not.

2. Lack of Know-How

Employees begin to lose confidence in leaders who can’t effectively delegate. When this happens, you lose their willingness to give you their discretionary effort.

3. Playing It Safe

As with fear, the message employees receive in this scenario is “I don’t think you can do the job”. Once again, trust is eroded.

You will also hear this leader complain that they don’t have time to get all their work done. They will begin to rush through things and they will not set aside time for coaching employees or giving them adequate feedback.

4. It Takes Too Much Time


If you don’t have the time to learn how to delegate then you aren’t going anywhere! People who can’t delegate will inevitably get stuck at the first level supervisor position, and even then, they won’t be viewed as a top performer because they are always running around – or worse still, costs will skyrocket because they have to keep adding staff.

We Must Develop Our Leaders!

Over the years, I have heard all the excuses. And I would put my bets on fear being the dominant reason leaders don’t delegate. To overcome this fear, leaders need good leadership and development from above.

One of the casualties of our modern business environment is the time to develop our people. This is causing more turnover, lack of trust, poor productivity, and a paucity of succession candidates in the organization.

Think again folks. Are we robbing Peter to pay Paul? Are we like the old Fram commercial? “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.”

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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