Perfecting the Most-Underrated Leadership Skill

If you have a to-do list a mile long and growing you will have several options to choose from.

Deborah Ike  ·  February 27, 2018

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If you have a to-do list a mile long and growing and don’t stop to re-evaluate, you have a few options to follow:

  • Work a ridiculous amount of hours trying to get it all done
  • Prioritize the list and realize some items just won’t get done anytime soon
  • Talk with your boss to see if you can completely eliminate certain tasks
  • Delegate tasks to others

The first option isn’t healthy – for you or your family.  The second option can work, especially if you have agreement from your leadership on the prioritization.  Eliminating some tasks is probably a good idea if you can get approval to do so.  However, when eliminating tasks isn’t doable the option to delegate certain tasks is ideal. 

Delegation accomplishes two things:
1. It gets the work done by someone who has the time (which at the moment is not you). 
2. It provides the person you’re delegating to the opportunity to learn and develop new skills. 

Part of leadership is developing the next generation of leaders.  Delegation is key to that process.

Delegation, however, isn’t simply a process of “Here…do this task” and walking away.  It requires explaining the task and at least offering a high-level overview of how to complete it.  Sometimes it feels like it would be faster to just do it yourself instead of delegating.  While that may be true in the short-term, you’re setting yourself up to fail in the long-term if you choose to try and do it all on your own.

To make the delegation process easier and less time-consuming, here are a few tips:

#1 – Delegate wisely

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Deborah Ike
Deborah Ike (formerly Wipf) is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management; a company dedicated to vision implementation for church leaders. Over the last ten years, Deborah worked in the corporate arena to discover how to leverage business principles for ministry vision. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group and most recently, for Williams, as a project manager and risk manager. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems along with the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. She’s the author of The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition) and you can find her articles on sites such as Pastors.com, XPastor.org, WorshipFacilities.com, and via The Church Network.
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