My Leadership Mistakes #1: “Forgetting About Alfred”
When I first began leading everyone told me, “Watch out! You’re going to try to be superman and do everything yourself.”
The statement basically means: don’t do it all yourself. I made sure to listen to this advice. I let a lot of things fall by the wayside.
It was great. I listened and I learned. I knew I was not superman, so I picked priorities and let other things fall away.
But leadership is not that simple - surprise, surprise!
I wish someone had said this instead, “Be careful. You’re going to try to be Batman alone, but you need Alfred.”
It wasn’t just about doing less, but about empowering others.
I have been leading a team of nearly 200 volunteers for just over a year. During this past year, at times, I was just not doing important things like following-up with people interested in volunteering or connecting with guests.
If the organization, in this case I’m talking about our Children’s Ministry, is going to become more effective, then I have to empower more effectively.
I have to identify the Alfred’s around me and invite them to do ministry with me.
Effective leadership involves not doing everything by developing others so that they might lead something.
What do you think?
Have you ever tried to do everything?
How do you empower people?