3 words that should be in every leader’s vocabulary

November 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

I don’t know.

When those words come out of a leader’s mouth, they don’t reflect weakness. Leadership is about empowering other emerging leaders.

These words may surprise those that hear them. Leaders, pastors especially, are known for having their fingerprints on every facet of the church. Pastors should own and define the blueprint, but use as many people as possible to build the structure.

You can’t say these words without having trust and confidence in others. A culture of trust is built by leaders delegating and allowing their people to make big moves with allowances given for a few mistakes along the way. Mistakes aren’t fatal if they are used as fuel for the next big move.

Those that are insecure won’t use these words. If all roads have to lead back to you, the forward progress of your movement will be minimal.

These words could very well save your life. Most leaders are exhausted and spent. Too much doing and not enough delegating is the diagnosis of the modern day pastor. You can’t do it all.

Specialists utilize this phrase often. They realize that they can’t specialize in everything. There are specialists on your team that excel in the other areas.

You don’t need to know every little detail, or weigh-in on every decision that has to be made.

Don’t feel like you have to have the answer to every question. Your idea doesn’t have to be the preeminent one in every meeting either.

Your family will thank you for using this phrase as well. Be a specialist, spread out the work, and spend more time with your family.

If you learn to say these words often, you won’t have to say them when the marriage counselor asks you what went wrong in your relationship.