Solo Leadership = Short Leadership

Those who insist on leading on their own don’t last long. ¬†They get burned out sooner than others. ¬†They also tend to become frustrated and confused quickly when a situation does not seem to go the way they expect.

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We’ve all been there at least once or twice. ¬†I know I have. ¬†Still today, I have a tendency to ‘own’ my work load and just want to get things done. ¬† But when things become heavier than usual, that’s when we need to lean on the support of others the most. ¬† Take a look at this prime example with Moses.

But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and¬†Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. ¬†So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.¬† ¬†Exodus 17:12

What if Moses had said to Aaron and Hur, “Hey, back off. ¬†I’ve got this. ¬†I’m Moses. ¬†God has called me to this task.” ¬†Joshua and the Israelites would have surely lost that battle. ¬† Now, when God calls us to accomplish something for Him, yes….we are responsible for ensuring that it gets done. ¬†But unless the Lord specifically instructs us to ‘go it alone,’ what could be better than sharing that charge and victory with others?

Please don’t get me wrong. ¬†Yes, God does call some believers to larger tasks than others. ¬†That does not mean that we shouldn’t allow other gifted, willing, and faithful believers to come along side us and help. ¬† Personally, I am in one of those seasons where I am constantly relying on the support of my staff team and volunteers.

What about you? ¬†Do you struggle with accepting help with what God has put you in charge of? ¬†If so, just recognize it. ¬†Try making a list of all the tasks you have before you that are weighing you down. ¬†Then pray over them and ask the Lord which tasks you could empower others to do. ¬†Then consider who you could ask. ¬†This was a huge step for me over 10 years ago, so I know it isn’t easy at first. ¬†But trust me. ¬†It gets easier the more you do it and it will make you a better leader.

What are you waiting for? ¬†List…Pray…Empower.

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