Great Leaders Relinquish Unnecessary Functions

  • Jan Jones


In his research paper “Faith in Supervision and The Self-Enhancement Bias,” Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer says one of the reasons managers don’t delegate is “self-enhancement bias.”1 They think no one can do the job as well as they can. I’m incredulous that young executives are not delegating because they don’t think anyone can make travel arrangements as well as they can.


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    Rachel Feintzeig. “The Most Power ful Person in the Office.” Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2013. Accessed February 7, 2015. Scholar

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