Deliberate Delegation: When To Say "No" And When To "Let Go"
Source: American Management Association
When a manager doesn't delegate, he or she typically has a deficiency in one or more of the areas like Trust, Skill, Organizational commitment, Team capability, Confidence in self or others. The first step is to determine if delegation is appropriate to the situation. Don't trick yourself into thinking that there is never a good time to delegate. That attitude sends the message to higher ups that you don't care about your team's development. It also conveys the notion to your team that you don't believe in them and that they are not worthy of your trust. Both messages have the same effect: they cause employee engagement and credibility to take a nose-dive.