"When his father-in-law saw all that Moses
was doing for the people, he said, 'What is this
you are doing for the people? Why do you alone
sit as judge, while all these people stand around
you from morning till evening?” - Exodus 18:14.
Moses was a busy man, but it did not have to be that way. He had no vision or concept of the importance of and strategy for involving others. In other words, he tried to do the work of 100 people rather than find 100 people to do the work. It was not only hard on Moses, but also on the people who were affected by this bottleneck he had created. Leaders must not believe they are indispensible, that they are the only ones who can do certain things, or that their way of doing things is the only correct way. When they have any of those three attitudes, they can act just like Moses and actually wear out their people who are waiting for the leader's decision so they can do their work!
LEADERSHIP STEP: First, begin today doing a time inventory, keeping track of how many hours you are working every week. Then do a careful assessment of the work you are doing, keeping only those things that are part of your job description or that only you can do better than anyone on your team. In other words, your Step is to get as many things off your desk and mind as possible so you can focus on the important work you have to do - and that's leading!