I think your friend should use the opportunity wisely, to absorb as much information as he can, yes it is painful sometimes to be over swamped with work from your boss while all he does is chat on his phone or go to meetings that do not exist. He must look at it this way Would he rather work for a company where the boss does everything important and only delegates on basic administrative duties like tying, or making phone calls and Filing or Would he prefer a place where he will be more exposed to the industry that he is within (which means he can only learn if the manager delegates most of his duties to him) To answer your question i think its more team(staff) development than delegation.
“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilised by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself” (Walter Anderson)
The manager’s function is to decide on the role of each player in his deparment. He must be aware of the big picture and at the same time realise that unless many important individual tasks are performed, the entire job or project cannot be completed successfully. The goal cannot be achieved unless each individual plays his part.
Each player will be allocated a task or a series of tasks based on his individual talents and area of expertise. The team manager will need to select the right person for each particular job or function within the team.
"Many managers think of delegation as a task or activity to be carried out and forgotten. In reality, delegation is a process that makes up a critical component of successful management," wrote Janet Houser Carter in Supervisory Management.
"To get work done with and through others, a manager must regularly give authority to his or her staff. This shows staff the manager has faith in their abilities - which is what makes delegation such a powerful motivational tool."
Managers must select the right people for the right jobs, and assign them tasks that suit their skills and individual abilities. In their pre match team talks the players will be told what is expected of them and how they will be required to respond to the various challenges and obstacles they may be confronted with.
The manager, by delegating individual tasks provides a framework and structure for the team. The team knows what is expected. Each player knows what has to be done and the manager must ensure that each team member plays his part to the full.
The manager retains total control, takes full responsibility for the tasks he has allocated to the team members and will be held fully accountable.