“Leaders produce more leaders.” Have you heard that statement before? I know I have, and have also had the pure pleasure of seeing people grow under a strong and capable leader who puts the team first and themselves second. Producing capable and strong leaders is paramount to the growth and creativity of an organization. That’s what delegation can accomplish for you if you do it correctly. You can have a smooth operation using the talents of many of the individuals who are already working for you.
Moses in the book of Exodus, Chapter 18, thought, as many of us do, that he was the only one who had all the answers. When there are problems in the organization or any issues that occur daily, we feel we must solve them all ourselves. Moses also tried to be the one who reviewed all the questions from his people, provide all the answers, and was literally a one man show. Many times, we’ve adhered to that old philosophy of “it worked then, it should work now”. We become complacent in our work and lose our creativity when we’re the only ones making decisions. Leadership requires creativity, developing leaders, and moving in a positive direction.
Many times, we find ourselves running our businesses and treating our employees “just like we’ve done for years” without regard to who they are or even understanding their differences. Millennials, Generation Y, and Baby Boomers have different expectations and styles that require us to really examine how we treat and lead our employees. Sometimes as leaders we get into a rut and follow the same old formula that worked so many years ago. We must be open to new techniques and suggestions.
Failing to think creatively and work with our employee’s needs and strengths will cause one to lose productivity, profits, and ultimately the business.
Just like Moses’ father-in-law, who pointed out that going at it alone was not good and the burden too heavy, we also need to know that if we teach others to help carry the weight, we would have more time to deal with the most important matters and leave those everyday decisions delegated to others. He also advised Moses that it was a good leader who asks for advice, since no leader has all the answers. If you try to go it alone in your business, you will find that you will be overwhelmed, you will be resented by your family and employees because you have not made time for the real issues, you will have wasted peoples time, and you will be limiting their talents. Many of us find that we are afraid to delegate, fearing that they will “outshine” us and replace us. This shows our insecurities about who and what we are to the company.
As a true leader, our job is to teach and to be a model. If we say one thing to our employees and do another, this behavior could demoralize our employees. So, you need to talk the talk and walk the walk.
When we do select individuals, they must be individuals who will model your leadership qualities, as was described to Moses when his father-in-law said, “select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy, men who hate dishonest gain”. As a leader you should be praying, you should also be listening to sources. Not all sources will answer your questions, but can be gleaned to get the best ideas from them and use them to your advantage.
Your employees need your strength and wisdom. They need to see inspiration and their value to the organization. As a leader you should take time with each of your employees to determine their strengths and weaknesses and put them in areas where they will succeed, then work with them and teach them in the areas where they are struggling. You should show interest in their lives and meet regularly with your team. When employees see their value and worth they will be more productive and willing to give that little extra.
A good leader will, fear God, trust God, and be honest.
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