I know this isn’t a new concept. It’s not even a lesson I’ve recently learned. However, it’s a lesson I’ve only recently started to put into action.
Most leaders have a natural tendency to want to do everything so that they can control everything and make sure it is up to their standards (at least this is how I function). If you’re in-charge of a smaller organization, there’s probably a good chance that you probably can do a lot of responsibilities better than anyone else. In the short term, it may even be easier, but in the long run it’s very bad for you and the organization.
Reasons to Give Away Responsibilities:
1) You can’t do everything at the same time at the same skill level and with the same precision that a group of people can do that same set of taste (though you may be better at individual tasks)
2) You rob other people of an opportunity to serve and grow
3) When people serve they feel they have ownership of the organization
4) When people are given responsibility in the organization, they feel responsible for the success of the organization (obviously)
5) It provides an opportunity to train up the next generation of leaders
6) It provides an opportunity to spend time with your people
7) When you do everything, you steal time from your unique skill sets to give time to tasks which anyone can do. Only do what only you can do!
8) It enables you to do few things with excellence as opposed to many things adequately.