A lot of people think that delegation is something you do when you want something off your plate. If we could all delegate the stuff we don’t like to do we’d be bored most of the time. That is not delegation, it’s relegation. I remember hearing Ed Young speak at a church leader conference challenging us leaders to delegate but not relegate. I’m not sure how he stated it, but this is my definition of the two.
Delegation is when a leader empowers others to share in what he is doing so he can focus on what he is called to do.
Relegation is when leaders simply give up the “stuff” they don’t want to do to anyone they can find.
To be a good leader you must embrace delegation and not resort to relegation. If you want the ministry or organization that you are leading to grow you must learn to delegate properly. You must be okay with “giving up” control of everything to qualified people so that you can do what you need to do. If you find yourself drowning because you are doing too much…then you probably aren’t delegating enough or the right things.
Over this week I’ll let you in on some of the things I have struggled with in regard to delegation and how I am learning when to delegate and when to NOT delegate. That is just as important.