9 Things Successful Leaders Never Delegate


Executive positions generally come with perks and drawbacks, like pretty much everything in life. The perks are obvious—more money, more power, more prestige. The drawbacks are similarly clear-cut, like more responsibility, and more accountability when things don’t go well.

The shift from lower or middle management to executive positions is not always straightforward, as there are certain things that you must learn how to do, and one of them is delegate. The trick, however, is knowing what to allocate, and what things you should never assign to anyone else. To make your transition easier to an executive role, here are 9 duties or responsibilities that a successful executive will never delegate. Regardless of your leadership style, you’ll want to keep this list handy.

1) Creating the vision

To be a successful senior executive, you have to take responsibility for the vision of the company, and the goals to which the company aspires for the future. This is at the top of the “never delegate” list: as the leader, you must take ownership of where the company is going, and how the company is going to achieve its objectives. Assigning someone else to be steward of the vision will erode your leadership. If you delegate this responsibility, you’ll also never be able to answer critical questions, especially if something goes awry. Of course, it’s a delicate balance: as the leader, you must be the one who has the ideas, and the foresight for growth and development; yet, you will need to be sure that your board of directors, employees and stakeholders share at least some of your zeal.


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