The moment we think: “if you want things done right, do it yourself”. That is the moment things actually stop being done.
No matter the level we reach in our career, we are not responsible for everything and we are not capable of doing everything. The illusion that telling others what needs to be done would take simply too much time, or that what lands on our desk is something we need to take care of in person, is just an excuse to postpone that difficult conversation, that report that requires your full attention, that speaking engagement you always wanted to take.
It is resistance.
By being unwilling to delegate tasks that others could reasonably help with, we fail to make progress on the important or tricky things that only we can do.How to have a good day, Caroline Webb
P.S.: This is as true as it gets even for managers who still cling to completing tasks instead of taking responsibility for the development of their team.