These difficulties may be grouped in two
On the part of superior:
a) Lack of confidence in subordinate:-
Superior will not delegate his authority in case
he is not confident about ability and capacity
of subordinate to take the decision by his own.
b) Fear of competition: -
In delegation of authority subordinate learns to
take decision and manager may start feeling fear
of competition from subordinate. Due to this he
will not delegate his authority.
c) Love to authority: -
A superior will not delegate his rights if he is
an autocrat. They want to show their importance
in organization and want subordinates come
frequently to him to get the decision approved
d) Feeling of perfectionism: -
Some superiors feel that they himself can do the
job in better way and do not delegate the
On the part of subordinate:
a) Dependence of the Boss:-
when a subordinate finds it easy to ask the boss
for any decision for executing any task he may
avoid to accept the authority.
b) Fear of Criticism:-
If a subordinate fears that he will be
criticized even for small mistakes or undesired
results he may avoid accepting the authority.
c) Lack of Confidence: -
Lack of confidence in subordinate about his
decision making ability is another major
obstacle in delegation process.
d) Lack of Positive Incentives:-
A subordinate may unwilling to accept authority
if he does not get any incentive in form of any
pay increase or promotion or personal
recognition for his good work
Corrective Measures to Overcome the Obstacle in
Defining the assignments:-
The work of every person should be clarify
properly and he should be given proper authority
to complete the work. The result expected from
them should be made clear.
Proper selection of the person:-
The selection of the person should be done
properly, only capable and related person having
qualification and skill required to complete the
job should be given the task.
Establishing proper control:-
The performance of executive should be checked
regularly to verify that work is going as per
the plans Control system in delegation process
should be made such that executive remain free
from routine matter yet enable him to maintain
his accountability.. He should be informed about
the framed standards. He should be informed
about the cost of his work done and should aware
of keeping control over cost of his work.
Proper communication: -
There should be proper communication between the
superior and subordinate. Superior must give
clear instructions and must allow subordinate to
seek clarification and guidance regarding the
given task if having any problems.
Rewards for Performers:
- there should be rewards for the effective and
successfully done work by the subordinates. The
manger should take care of the good performers
and give them proper incentives to improve their
performance in future also.
Establishing conducive environment:-
An organization climate free from the fear and
accompanied with job security will give better
results when work is delegated. Conducive
environment will help the subordinated to do the
work in right manner support from superiors
motivate him to perform well.