God delegated responsibility for a task and the authority to complete the task to man. Read Genesis 1:26-28 and 2:18-20.
When God asked man to do a job, He gave him all the authority needed to complete the assignment. Man was not completely tested nor trained when God assigned him dominion over His creation. God allowed man to make decisions that He did not overrule. Could God have done it better? Yes! Was God still in charge even though man was making some independent decisions? Yes! Was there a chance that man would somehow fumble the assignment? Yes! In fact, that is exactly what happened.
So why did God give man both the responsibility of and the authority over His creation? The only way there is true responsibility and accountability is when the authority to implement decisions accompanies that responsibility.
Effective leaders follow the model God demonstrated with Adam. Leaders multiply their sphere of influence by creating more leaders. This is accomplished by giving both responsibility and authority—knowing that there will be mistakes made along the way. Wise leaders know that giving responsibility without authority isn’t developing a leader but only creating a helper to add to their own power base for which they have retained total control. That process misses God’s model.
- On a scale of 1-10 with 1 giving responsibility without any authority and 10 giving total responsibility and total authority to your team, how are you doing?
- If you rate yourself 5 or below, what changes can you make to get more in line with God’s principle of giving both responsibility and authority to your team?
Original Title: How are you doing with giving responsibility and authority to your team? (65-3)