Discover The Right Methods
Leaders are naturally born to “do” things. But as they grow with wisdom and experience, they also learn to let go of whatever holds them back — including taking on too many tasks at a time. They are the ones who are constantly in action, thinking about ways to make the world a better place for everyone else. While this is an admirable trait that will help move your church in the right direction, it is not always effective for leaders to be constantly bearing the most burdens.
By learning how to execute and delegate more efficiently, leaders can actually do more in less time, but with greater resources. If you are working with your church pastors to shift mindsets and even ways of doing things, this list might help. We have compiled eight good ways your leaders can delegate better and be more effective in the long run.
The pointers below have been found to work for leaders of all levels. Make sure to check out our other DonorWerx blog posts on leadership.
1. They Learn Who the Best Delegates Should Be
Successful leaders know how to pick the right person. It’s not always a matter of asking who can do the job, but who can take on the challenge with grace and strength of spirit. Leaders recognize skills in people, but also know how to identify their inner values as well.
2. They Make Their Intentions on Autonomy Crystal Clear
Author Daniel Pink writes In Drive: The Surprising Science About What Motivates Us, that people often want autonomy over task, team, technique, and time. Successful leaders clarify their boundaries with those to whom they delegate tasks to so that there are no misunderstandings.
3. They Don’t Let Emotions Rule Their Choices
Experienced leaders know when to follow their heart, and when to be practical. They have enough strength of spirit and strong values to identify the delegates but do not let personal emotions or even family history sway their decision-making.
4. They Provide Their Delegates With Adequate Resources
Good leaders invest in training, funding, resources, manpower, and even the opportunities for their people to learn new skills. They understand that the more value they give their people, the more returns this investment will provide.
5. They Know How to Establish Checkpoints
Outstanding leaders thrive on honest feedback. Getting the bigger picture focus means that they know when to stop micromanaging. And also when to take the lead in greater ways.
6. They Stay Creative
Always trying to encourage their team members and promote individual responsibility, they aren’t afraid to try new ways of doing things — if the methods will help accomplish greater goals. Creativity is part of their DNA. They also encourage others to think outside the box, and then they give their full support to that new idea.
7. They Know How to Motivate and Inspire
They see themselves as constant cheerleaders and coaches of the team. They don’t always have to be the ones holding the ball or scoring goals, but they need to be constantly present for emotional, moral, and spiritual support of the team. They are accessible, both when celebrating success and when dealing with failure or setbacks.
8. They Look Forward to Learning
Even the best leaders know that every day, there are risks to take and mistakes may be made. But rather than getting discouraged when things don’t go according to plan, they stay optimistic. Part of delegating tasks means they can conserve more energy for times of crisis.
For more leadership resources and digital tools to help your pastors delegate better, check out our online leadership resource library at DonorWerx and contact us for details.
The art of delegating is the art of knowing when to hold on, and when to let go. It gives leaders the opportunity to put their faith to the test. They must trust people to take responsibility, and trust God that things will “work together for good” — Romans 8:28.
Practicing discernment, wisdom, and genuine care for their team members makes these kinds of leaders unique. If you can create a culture in your church or nonprofit where delegation is part of good leadership, people will be more willing to take responsibility and trust your leaders.
How DonorWerx Can Help
Whether you are managing a small team of church delegates, or a large congregation that spans the globe, we have the resources you need. Besides leadership tools and resources, we are also committed to helping you grow your giving and develop donors. To do so, we at DonorWerx have created a number of courses, online tools, and made-for-you templates to help in your management planning.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, or read our blogs on digital resources to learn more.