LESSON 43

Leadership Lessons from the Life of MOSES

 

Delegate Wisely

Moses may have benefited from the wisdom of history’s first management consultant. That would be his father-in-law Jethro.

When Jethro comes to visit in the Book of Exodus, Moses feels out of control. He is overwhelmed by all the disputes he is forced to adjudicate. He lacks the time and energy to focus on the important tasks only he can do.

Jethro gives him some sound advice. Create lower courts and officials to handle the smaller disputes. Deal only with the problems that no one else can solve. Consult with God when you can’t figure it out for yourself. Moses follows Jethro’s advice and becomes more effective. He is probably also better rested and happier as a leader and human being.

What You Should Delegate

Routine Tasks. These may be tasks that need to be done once a week, once a month, or once every time a project is completed. …

Interesting Tasks. …

Tasks Others Could Do Better. …

Tasks Others Might Enjoy. …

Tasks Good for Development. …

Whole Tasks. …

Time-Consuming Tasks. …

Tasks for Which You Are Not Responsible.

 

Steps you should work through when delegating:

·         Prepare your subordinates

·         Assign. …

·         Confirm understanding. …

·         Confirm commitment. …

·         Avoid “reverse delegating” …

·         Ensure Accountability.

 

Where do you need to delegate better?