I learned a leadership lesson from John Maxwell concerning delegation. He wrote,
Inability to delegate due to lack of time is short-term thinking. Time lost in delegating on the front end is recovered at the back-end.
This statement revealed precisely how I view delegation. Months ago, I feared losing valuable hours of time in the process of delegation due to the necessary training. If I spent a large portion of time teaching a coworker or a volunteer how to perform a certain task, I would conclude that day without a feeling of closure for my own personal accomplishments. Due to this lesson on delegation, I dread to know how much time I could have actually saved had I done a sufficient job at delegating and training coworkers and volunteers.
I am at a place in my job when the work is so much. The needs are so much and the possibilities are endless. I am at the point that if I don’t rethink how to do some things, certain ministry will not happen or not happen as effectively.
I want to be used well for God’s Kingdom, but what if, by my fear of delegation, I stunt other people’s development or slow down ministry?
This week is a week to rethink and revamp.