"But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you" - Exodus 18:21-22.
Moses' father-in-law gave him some good advice to stop trying to do all the work and instead establish clear time priorities based on what it was that only he (Moses) could do, allowing others to do what they could do. In other words, Moses needed to delegate more of his responsibilities and let go of the day-to-day operations. Most leaders need to delegate more, but there are many reasons why they don't or can't. Some are afraid the work won't be done as well as it is when they do it. Others are perfectionists. Still others don't have a vision or the skills (or desire) to develop other people through the work delegated to them. And finally, some have a faulty view of leadership that requires them to have their hands in all aspects of the work instead of releasing it to other trusted associates.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to determine how many hours you are working every week. Keep track of your work hours for the next two weeks, including commute time.Then keep a general log of how you spend that work time. After two weeks, look at the patterns of work and see where you are investing time in projects that you can and should delegate to others. That will enable you either to work less hours or to devote that saved time to other projects.