To delegate because we love God and people, as described in the previous post, requires leaders to not only act intentionally but also constantly examine motivations and means in delegating.
What Does Delegation Done Purposefully Look Like?
1) We make sure we delegate for the right reasons.
This is about why we delegate. Are we truly motivated by love? Or, are we delegating reluctantly or because we honestly just don’t want to do the work ourselves?
2) We work through whatever it is that makes us hesitant to delegate.
This is about why we don’t delegate. There are many reasons leaders don’t delegate. Check out: 10 Reasons Leaders Don’t Delegate Identify why you aren’t delegating when you should and then work at resolving the issue. Remember that sometimes resolution isn’t always about what we do but sometimes about our perceptions and attitudes.
3) We view delegation as an opportunity.
This is about the kind of perception and attitude that will cause you to delegate, overriding any hesitation you might have. When we look at delegation as a way to mentor or disciple someone or to help them grow and be a part, it becomes about more than merely getting a task accomplished. It’s not just about how it helps us, but how it affects the other person.
4) We develop a process for how to get people involved.
This is about being intentional, making sure it’s as good of an experience for everyone as possible. We should want people to do well. Consequently, having a system of checks and balances in the process should help keep people accountable but yet keep us from micromanaging.
5) We stay the course rather than jumping ship at the first sign of trouble.
This is about being diligent. Purposeful delegation is not for the lazy or cowardly of heart. Delegating can be challenging. However, if we truly want to love the Lord by following His design for the Body, and we want to love others by giving them that opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute, we must stay the course. We must hurdle the obstacles. In the process, God will use it to build up both them and us.