If you find yourself, as a leader or as a leadership team, making all the decisions, especially without getting input from others then . . . You may be out of touch with what is happening around you and could therefore make unrealistic expectations for people to carry through. Or, you could find people not cooperating or as excited about the direction you are going as you think they should be because they have no sense of ownership. You could be opening the door for abuses and church politics as a lot of power is in one place. Further, it takes away from the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet. 2:5, 9) and everybody doing their part (Eph. 4:16).
How you request people’s involvement could vary. You might find yourself employing one of the following means:
- Take a survey or questionnaire.
- Sit down one-on-one with key individuals who will be most affected by the decision to consult with them.
- Gather a cross-section of people together for discussion or brainstorming.
- Enlist prayer support each step of the way, especially for the bigger decisions.
In addition to developing a process or means of making decisions that includes the input of others:
1) Be accessible.
People need to know they can engage in a discussion with you about decisions that must be made. They must be permitted to question you without fear of reprisal.
2) Broaden your inner circle.
Be willing to stretch yourself by getting input from people different from you (i.e., personality, spiritual gifting, philosophy, etc.). Seek input from people you know won’t always agree with you.
3) Build in some accountability.
Let people speak truth into your life. If they see you starting to take on a lone ranger mentality, give them the freedom to tell you so.