It’s impossible to be an effective leader all by yourself. If you persist in doing it all by yourself, you will burn out or expire before your time allowing everything you have worked so hard to accomplish to die with you. It is necessary to have foresight to mentor or father your successor. If you are an entrepreneur, when are you finding time for fresh new ideas, concepts and innovations? Furthermore, if you are so occupied doing everything, when are you finding time to pray, study and seek the Lord?
There are two reasons why many are fearful of delegating or sharing leadership responsibilities. The first reason is control. A controlling spirit is a need to be in control of everything especially when you believe that you are the only one who is capable of accomplishing the task, others can’t do it as you can, and you will see it to completion. This kind of spirit only exposes your personal insecurities. The other reason is fear. Fear that the person you share responsibilities with will not be as efficient as you are. You may be concerned that the person has an agenda, will eventually take your ideas, run with them and destroy what you have worked so hard to accomplish.
Yes! Some of us have experienced disappointments and have been disappointed by people who we trusted and allowed into our inner circle. However, that should not be a reason to not trust others and do it all by ourselves. Remember that both fear and a controlling spirit have their origins from the pit of hell. Like Moses, there comes a time when we must release some of our leadership responsibilities so that the vision may grow and increase.
“Moses continued, ‘At that time I told you, “You are too great a burden for me to carry all by myself. The Lord your God has increased your population, making you as numerous as the stars! And may the Lord, the God of your ancestors, multiply you a thousand times more and bless you as he promised! But you are such a heavy load to carry! How can I deal with all your problems and bickering? Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.'” Deuteronomy 1:9-13 (NLT)
Observe the type of men Moses selected; they were well-respected men and men known for wisdom and understanding. It is quite interesting that Moses never chose men who were spiritual. Here is the reason; I can’t put my spirit in men or women who are filled with their own spirit! “I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.” Numbers 11:17
Remember, you can’t lead by yourself and expect continued success. If you are controlling and/or fearful, I pray a release over your life so that you can start pouring into others!