Delegation vs. Abdication: What’s the Difference?

Learn the difference between delegation and abdication. This is a simple explanation so you don’t make this mistake. This can make or break a team.

Are you delegating or abdicating? You’re about to find out.

Welcome to the love of business! I’m Crystal.

And I’m Sunshine. Let’s get to it.

So Crystal, since we’re talking about abdication and delegation, can you share with us what they are?

Sure, most people don’t know the difference. Let’s start with delegation.


Delegation is when you take a specific task and you give it to another person to complete, but you actually train them, and guide them, on how to actually execute that task.

In addition, you support them from the beginning to the end of the task – and answer any questions that they have so they can be successful with the task.

So a lot of follow up I take it?

A little follow up, accountability, and just being present and aligned with your employee, team member, or vendor.

Alright, that makes sense. Let’s get to the abdication – I bet that’s going to be the complete


Abdication is when you take a task and give it to another person and you do not train them how to execute it, you don’t support them throughout it, and you do not keep them accountability.

So it is as if you take a task, give it to someone, and then you say “Bye!, I’ll be back next week to get the finished product.”.

So what do you think happens when you abdicate vs. delegate?

Well, you just kind of drop the project in someone else’s hand and…I mean, they could get really frustrated and just say “Eh…I’m not going to do this!” or it’s going to be completely wrong.

Yeah, essentially what you’re doing when you’re abdicating is you’re setting someone up for failure.

No one likes failure.

So always remember to delegate, not abdicate.

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