Being the leader of your ministry is one thing. Learning how to let others lead is something else. This week we are considering three ideas that might help us as we take the big step in letting others lead.
In our first installment we consider the step of actually letting someone else take the lead role with an activities or event. We recognized the importance of letting the lead as they would lead, without the pressures of doing things the way you would do them. Today, we want to consider the second step in this journey and that is the step of authority in decision making.
What kind of a leader do we create when we require them to check in with us whenever a decision needs to be made?
A weak and indecisive one!
When we call others to lead in our place, we have to give them not just the place of leadership, but the authority to make decisions. Decision making is a big part of the leadership role. At any given minute the leader will be called on to make some pretty important decisions. Some of those decisions might be small and seem insignificant, while others could be life changing. By not allowing the leader to make decisions, you cripple their authority and weaken their effectiveness as the leader. You might also hurt their desire to lead again. No one wants to be asked to lead, but not trusted with the responsibility of leadership.
Decisions have to be made. Throughout the years, I have tried to make it a point to delegate the decision making authority to me leaders when they accept the call to lead a group or event. There’s no big ceremony or touching of shoulders with a sword, just me giving them my authority and trust. I’ve often heard it said that we, as youth workers, are leaders of leaders. That means it’s part of our job as youth leaders is to train, equip, and commission other leaders. As part of this training, equipping and commissioning, we must give them the authority to make decisions for the group.
Written by, Jay Higham