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Reasons why managers may be reluctant to delegate


Date Posted: 10/16/2012 10:48:57 AM

Posted By: Viona  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 879

Delegation is the process of granting authority to subordinates to perform activities of superior level. However, in this case, the superior retains accountability. It offers a solution of coping with the increased workload without causing delays in an organization.

There are reasons why managers may be reluctant to delegate.

They include the following:
1. Negative attitude towards workers where managers lack confidence and trust in their subordinates and therefore find it difficult to delegate work to them.

2. Unwillingness to let others make mistakes as they carry the blame.

3. Perceived threat. Some superiors fear being replaced by brighter and better subordinates.

4. Lack of time of supervision and control. Managers are advised not to delegate if they do not have enough time for supervision since they will be blamed for any negative outcome.

5. Lack of ability by managers to delegate.

6. Lack of subordinates with potential abilities to take up the task.

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