This thought hit me the other day. The larger and better our staff team grows, my input in daily decisions is decreasing. That is a great thing, but I have a confession to make: I like making decisions. Something in me feels completed and satisfied when I make a decision. It’s like I get a medal every time I make a decision. It’s a feeling of accomplishment! However, my “medals” are decreasing (along with my moments of making decisions).

At the same time, my responsibility within the organization is increasing – rapidly. People are making decisions at all levels. Some I do not even know about. Some I may not even agree with. Others I may be able to make better and with greater insight. Yet, I am ultimately responsible for those decisions. I am responsible for the team that makes up Faith Promise and the decisions they are making. My responsibility is increasing.

The solution: develop the best team. Then, as decisions decrease and responsibility increases, there are 40 people making great decisions instead of one person making all of the decisions.

As your organization grows, you should be making less decisions and your responsibility should be increasing. Hire well, develop your team, and release them in to ministry. Then, your ministry will be better and able to accomplish more than ever before!

  1. Jenni Catron on Friday 9, 2010

    Well said. You know that I totally feel this tension.

  2. Jon Tutton on Friday 9, 2010

    This is the TRUE definition of a leader. Letting your followers make some big decision on their own. Great thoughts!

  3. Ron Duncan on Friday 9, 2010

    “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – George S. Patton


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