For many leaders and would-be leaders, leadership is all about maintaining control — total control of everything. Control in this case becomes the leaders’ hidden enemy.
The paradox of leadership is that to grow as a leader you must give up leadership. I know this sounds like some weird, mystic philosophy. It is, however, fundamental that as a leader you realize you have the same 24 hours per day as everyone else.
Going back to Moses’ day, the situation he found himself in was trying to manage the challenges of several million people every day, by himself. In an odd turn of events it was his father-in-law who suggested he get some help and outlined a system of delegation for Moses. More surprisingly, Moses took this idea and ran with it. The next week Moses was happy with the new leadership system and more important, so was his family. Moses is not an isolated case. In an interesting book called the “5,000 Year Leap,” Cleon Skousen outlines how for most of recorded history, and most likely unrecorded history, leaders have delegated responsibility.
Just how does delegation make you a better leader?
Delegation forces you, as the leader, to really understand the objectives and goals of a particular activity. Most leaders tend to be more fluid when they have direct control over the activity. This leads to confusion among the employees and wasted energy. Determining the function or objective of a department and then clearly defining that with the manager you appoint creates the opportunity for greater success. Why? Because now a single point of contact for you as the leader is managing all the details and resources for a department or a project and has their…
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