#3: LET OTHERS LEAD
It’s easy for leaders to dominate everything because they want things to be done perfectly. This is a no no and leads to major burnout. Very poor leadership. I’ve got to be honest though. I’ve been really weak on this one for a while but I’m changing it and it’s working!
It Creates Ownership In Others: We all want the people under us to be pumped up and excited but it won’t happen if they don’t feel needed. John Maxwell said if someone under you can do the job at least 80% as good as you then let them do it. This will create leaders that act like owners. They are now members of the family not hired hands.
More Stuff Gets Done: As leaders we want stuff to get done. A good sign is when there is stuff getting done and you didn’t even know about it. You didn’t even know it needed to be done and it’s getting done. That’s good leadership. For a leader to have to mentally keep up with everything that needs to get done is a disaster waiting to happen.
Relieves Pressure: The times where I’ve been diligent to trust my team, I’ve walked away feeling like a new man. Leaders don’t become great when they do everything! They become great when they get others to do their part!
Delegate Authority: Most of the time when we delegate we do it halfway. We just want people to do something we want done. It’s better to delegate authority because this creates leaders. Delegating tasks creates followers. Eventually we need to trust them to make the decisions.
Helps You Specialize: When daily operational stuff is out of your way then you can move on to focus on areas of greater strength for you. I used to do everything for the college ministry I’m a part of until I’ve now passed everything on to my right hand man. Now I’m focusing on communication, vision, networking, and meeting with leaders.