Stop Lying To Yourself: Here’s Why You Won’t Delegate

Here's why you won't delegat


We all know that growing a business is hard work. Lots of time you have to go against the grain from what you’ve been taught. Delegation is certainly one of those activities. Here’s some statements you might have running around in your brain:

  • “If you want to get it done right, you must do it yourself.”
  • “It’s faster if I just do it myself.”
  • “I have to be there to help because they don’t know how to do it.”
  • “I can’t afford to have a mistake made.”
  • “They never get it done in time.”
  • “Their work is just always sloppy.”

You can take a few minutes and fill in your own excuse…..and that’s exactly what they are, excuses to not delegate when you know you should.

Delegation starts with trust.

Here’s the number one reason you won’t delegate. You don’t trust your people. I know, you’re going to tell me how much you trust your people and yet, you don’t delegate to them.

There are likely three reasons you don’t do this and it could be one, two or all three.

  1. You don’t think your people are competent.  If this is true, then it’s your job to train them.
  2. You don’t trust them to be timely.  Too often we ask someone to do a task and we don’t trust that they’ll be reliable in getting it done.
  3. You don’t think they really care.  They might not care about your customers, you or your company.  If this is true, you need to be much more careful about whom you let into your company in the first place.

If any of these are true, you need to take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself why it’s true.  It’s either because you’re letting the wrong people in your company, not training properly or you allow deadlines to be missed.  In each case it’s about you looking in the mirror.

You have to learn how to tolerate mistakes.

When you delegate you can be sure there will be times when things don’t go the way you want.  Instead of getting upset at someone, ask him or her this simple question:  “What did you learn?”

If you aren’t willing to let people make mistakes and then learn from them you’re doomed to having to do everything yourself.  And, if you do that, you’re company just can’t grow.

You really aren’t the best at everything.

This might be a hard one for your ego.  You’re not the best at everything that must happen in your company.  Even if you have a one-person business there are things you should outsource instead of doing it yourself.

When you provide great service for your customers it’ll always take a team effort.  It’s just not possible for you to be world class at everything.  The faster you learn this, the faster you’re putting your business in a position to grow.

You’ll never sell your business……ever.

If you’re business depends on you for success there is no way you’ll ever be able to sell your business.  I can promise you this; a buyer isn’t interested in you.  A buyer is interested in your cash flow and your people that is if they can run the business.

If you haven’t learned to delegate and become operationally irrelevant in your business there is no way a buyer will be interested.  It’s just the way it works.

You need a little humility in your life.

This is a big one.  Without an attitude of humility about your skills and what you as an individual can accomplish you’re never going to learn to delegate.  You do want to set a high standard.  You do want to hold your people to that standard.  And you want to give your staff plenty of opportunity to learn.

If you learn to do this, you’ll be successful in running a business that you’ll love and others will die to own.  How does this sound to you?


About the author:

Josh PatrickJosh Patrick is a certified Book Yourself Solid® coach and serial entrepreneur who lives in Vermont with his wife Suzanne, their two dogs and a cat.  You can read his blog posts, listen to his podcasts and view his videos at


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