The theme for MFM Daily Devotional November 5 2022 is ”Effective Delegation: A Leadership Secret (V)”.
Here is today’s MFM daily devotional designed for your today’s spiritual refreshment. Kindly read today’s teaching by Dr DK Olukoya, meditate on the word of God and endeavour to act in accordance with them. As you start your day with God through his word, may he go before you to perfect all you have to do today.
SCRIPTURE: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” – Matthew 28:19.
Yesterday, we learnt four reasons why some leaders do not delegate. The fifth likely reason could be that some leaders do not know how to delegate. I had mentioned earlier that the skill for effective delegation is one of the hallmarks of a great leader. Therefore, today, we will fill that knowledge gap by turning our attention to how leaders should delegate.
The first step in becoming an effective delegator is to set clear goals and expectations. Let your team members know what they are required to do or achieve, why the task is important, the timeline for delivery and other details that will help their good performance. Break down the responsibilities into smaller, easier to measure chunks and let them know whether or not they have met your expectations. Jesus’ leadership proves this point. He clearly made His vision, goals and expectation known to His apostles. He gave His apostles specific directions and launched them into their first ministry assignment in Matthew 10:5-10. Later, after they had gained more training and experience, He turned His ministry to them before He ascended to heaven (Matthew 28:17-20). In each of these instances, Jesus made His goals and expectations very clear to His apostles.
The second step is to give the people the freedom to act. This is quite fair if you are going to hold the people accountable for their actions and performance. Delegate the authority to make decisions to them and resist the temptation to interfere. Overrule their decisions only when absolutely necessary. As you oversee what they do, ask them questions on how they are doing and why. Also allow them to ask you questions. Listen to them and encourage feedback. Get to know if they are doing well on the task and where they need some help. Jesus, our role model, also showed that a key element of delegation is oversight or supervision. He did not just give His apostles tasks and abandon them. He said to them, “Behold, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). And in John 14, He promised to send His Spirit to guide and encourage them. Truly, delegation is the start of an interaction; it is collaboration!
- Father, equip me with the skills of effective delegation, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, make me an effective communicator of goals and expectations to my team members, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, as I delegate authority to people, make me a good support and overseer to them, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, make me a good listener and user of feedback, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, help me to see delegation as interaction and collaboration, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, help me to use the knowledge and skill on effective delegation to advance Your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, anoint me to succeed, in the name of Jesus.