Raise your hand if you struggle with delegating? (*both hands raised over here*). We come up with a million reasons NOT to delegate… It’s just easier if I do it myself. It will get done faster if I just do it myself. I want to make sure it’s done right. I just don’t know who to ask. I don’t want to inconvenience anybody else; after all, isn’t this part of my job?
But handing over smaller tasks (and even some bigger ones) to your team can free up your mental energy and your schedule to dream big for your ministry, and we shouldn’t do ministry alone.
Here are 16 tips from Disney that can help you be a better delegator.
1. Make a list of what others could be doing and let them do it! You focus on the bare necessities.
2. You may not know it now, but there are people who want to help you do ministry.
3. Choose your team wisely. Make sure people’s gifts fit the task you give them. (Coming Friday, job descriptions to help place people in the right position for them.)
4. Invest in your WHOLE team of leaders.
7. You’ll make mistakes, and the people you delegate to will make mistakes. Learn from them together.
8. Don’t micromanage. Cast the vision and let people accomplish the goal their way.
9. Be brave enough to see the gifts inside your team.
10. Go to bat for your team when questions or criticisms arise. Defend them and their decisions; make sure they know you have their back.
11. If you have to critique, do it tactfully.
12. Do the prep work to make it as easy as possible for your team to take on the tasks you give them.
13. Be patient with the transition of delegation.
14. Keep going. Remember, think big, start small, keep moving.
15. Encourage your team often and with specifics.