the two best kept secrets of leadership
In his book, The Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley shares the two best-kept secrets of leadership:
1. The less you do, the more you accomplish.
2. The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish.
Leaders often try to do it all—the things they are gifted in and all the other things that leaders are supposed to do. Andy Stanley warns, “The moment a leader steps away from his core competencies, his effectiveness as a leader diminishes.”
He encourages leaders to focus on those things that are in line with their giftedness. As leaders focus on doing those things they are most competent in, they excel and are energized to accomplish.
But how can leaders do less? They do less by equipping and empowering others to serve in their particular areas of competence and giftedness. For a leader to do less requires humility. You must recognize your weaknesses and acknowledge that others are more competent in those areas. And you must “let go” of some responsibilities and tasks that have been considered your job. “Letting go” will free you up to accomplish more as you focus on leading out of your strengths. And it will give others opportunities to serve using their gifts and competencies.
So… now you know the two best-kept secrets. What will you do?
1. Determine what you are most gifted in as you lead?
2. Focus on doing those things more.
3. Begin looking for others who can do those things you are less competent in.
4. Take time to equip and release them to serve in those areas.
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