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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The power to change the world ..

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19

All the training in the world will only limited success if you do not turn you people loose to do the job. The way to do that is to give them responsibility, authority, and accountability.
For some people, responsibility is the easiest to give. But what is difficult for some leaders is allowing their people to keep the responsibility after its been given. Poor managers want to control every detail of their people's work. When that happens, the potential leaders who work for them become frustrated and do not develop. Rather than desiring more responsibility, they become indifferent or avoid responsibility altogether.
With responsibility must go authority. Winston Churchill said in an address, "I am your servant. You have the right to dismiss me when you please. What you have no right to do is ask me to bear responsibility without the power of action." Once responsibility and authority have been given to people, they become empowered to make things happen. But we also have to be sure that they are making the right things happen. That is where accountability come into the picture.
-- Developing the Leaders Around You, John Maxwell

Do you struggle in giving responsibility, authority, or accountability to others?

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