Good leaders delegate. They pick and choose how they spend their time. They understand their time is limited and to focus on only the things that they can best do. They know what to pass on to someone else to accomplish.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt
But… there is one thing that a leader cannot delegate: training leaders. Followers will not train leaders. Leaders must train leaders. A line item in every leader’s job description must be mentoring other leaders.
Two key Scripture passages should determine the stewardship of a leader’s time:
- “And he gave… evangelists, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-12
- “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same
commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” II
The job of a pastor and evangelist is not just to pastor and evangelize. Ephesians 4:11-12 is a clear delineation of the leader’s job description. His role is to equip others to do the work. Just in case we missed it, 2 Timothy 2:2 drives that nail the rest of the way home. Missionaries automatically think this way. There is no way to succeed in missions if they do not focus on training others. Their goal is to leave. That is not possible unless there are leaders. But this is not just a missionary issue. Every leader should be investing time passing on their leadership skills.
Who are you training?
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