Eve Annunziato

Ask And You Shall Receive April 14, 2008

Filed under: Team Building — Eve Annunziato @ 1:35 am

I get this question a lot: How do you get things done? My answer is – you ask! Is it really that uncomplicated? I mean, delegation isn’t as simplistic as it sounds, or is it? While leading a staff, a team, a project, or a simple task, I honestly don’t get anything done by doing it myself. If I were to rely on my skills, my abilities, my gifts, my talents and my experiences, we would all be in trouble and quite frankly I would fail – often. I would fail myself, the team, the task, the vision, the overall outcome and myself. Delegation is unequivocally the most important discipline in leadership.

“Successful delegation of authority as a leadership style takes time and energy, but it’s worth the time and energy to help employee involvement and employee empowerment succeed as a leadership style. It’s worth the time and energy to help employees succeed, develop and meet your expectations. You build the employee’s self-confidence and people who feel successful usually are successful.” Susan M. Heathfield
 
Here’s what I’ve learned:

1.  Build on your flaws – Designate assignments to people who are strong where you’re weak. My favorite example of this is when God spoke to Moses via the burning bush and asked him to return to Egypt to free His people. Moses was apprehensive and thought God had the wrong guy. “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue,” He exclaimed (Exodus 4:10). Therefore, God delegated his brother, Aaron, to assist Moses. This biblical character was articulate, charismatic and able to stand before kings and crowds persuasively. Later, God added their sister, Miriam, to the team. An amazing leader to the women of Israel who served as the creative artist in the bunch. She sang, danced, and celebrated their achievement. If that type of strategic team building is good enough for God, well, then…

2.  Let it go – Don’t be so concerned about having control over every detail. Most of the time, when I delegate a project, the outcome doesn’t turn out exactly the way I had envisioned; it’s usually a lot better. If you give complete control to those you trust, you’ll learn that their limitless creativity will exceed your expectations. During a church outreach project this past fall, I delegated the music for the kids program to an amazing singer, songwriter, and producer. She said reluctantly, “But, Eve I’m not a leader.” I told her that I believed in her talent and boy was I blown away. She practiced with the children every Friday for months (without me asking her to do so), rearranged the most powerful original rendition of, “Our God Is An Awesome God,” and the outcome was spectacular, all for His glory. I’m thankful I didn’t stand in her way, I just encouraged her along the way.

3.  Keep each task organized and structured – make sure each teammate understands your vision and expectation while providing a time line that includes a deadline. Continuously provide feedback while getting updates on their progress. And last, once the assignment is successfully completed, be sure to thank and reward each team member. Keep in mind, you can be involved and organized without micromanaging by making sure each person has complete creative control.

Much to my chagrin, I know I can’t do it all. To avoid getting frustrated and overwhelmed, I surround myself with people smarter and more specialized, structured, organized, talented, and experienced. Delegate well and often, and it will be a testament to your team building skills. Remember, ask and you shall receive. After all, “Leadership is not something you do to people, it’s something you do with people.”- Ken Blanchard.
 
 
 
 

 

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4 Responses to “Ask And You Shall Receive”

  1. Carolyn Says:

    Hi Eve – Allowing people to use their God given talents and be creative is truly a sign of good leadership. You’re giving them an opportunity to use the talents they have and therefore the Lord will use them in even a greater way. Thank you.

  2. fullofboys Says:

    I totally agree with you! I think the best thing a leader can do is recognize their weaknesses and allow others to shine in their strengths. It goes back to being the body of Christ. If we were all the same, nothing would be done. Diversity exists not just in color or gender but in gifting as well!

  3. Lori Says:

    Eve,
    This is excellent and has spoken volumes to me. I am someone who has always had problems with delegating responsibilities in fear that they won’t get done “my way”. Well, it’s taken many years to admit that sometimes things can be done differently than “my way” and the outcome be just as successful (or many times even more successful). I am slowly but surely letting go of my old, controlling habits and it feels great! Thanks for the insight!

  4. Christian Says:

    This is the number one rule I often forget. Your quality team members will do more and be more effective as you give them more power.


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