Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ancient Leadership Lessons

"So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord's instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them" Exodus 39:42-43 (NLT)

After many years of leading millions of people, Moses learned some good leadership lessons. Here are some key simple insights that can greatly increase our effectiveness as leaders:

"So the people... followed all of the Lord's instructions to Moses"
1. DELEGATE - Just cause God calls you to do something, doesn't always mean you need to do it. In the beginning of His ministry, Moses assumed that if God called him to do something, that meant he had to do it alone. After a much needed talk with his father-in-law, Moses learned that God works through delegated authority. When you delegate authority, others can accomplish tasks in your name... and things get done better and bigger.

"Then Moses inspected all their work."

2. INSPECT - Just cause you delegated responsibilities, doesn't mean you're not accountable to the job. You have to inspect what you expect. There are many leaders who delegate well, but fail to inspect the work afterward. Great leaders, delegate the job to capable people, but then inspect the work to make sure instructions were followed.

"When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them"
3. REWARD - Good leaders know how to delegate responsibilities. Great leaders inspect after they delegate. Better leaders take the extra step to then reward the ones who did they job well. Moses blessed them. Sometimes a simple "thank you" does it, but the greater the task, the greater the reward should be.

The three insights work best when they work together. It seems so simple, but even great leaders forget the simple lessons that can greatly increase our effectiveness.


What responsibilities can you delegate?
How will you inspect the wo
rk?
How will you reward the faithful ones?
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