Tom Phillips is the author of “Building A Team To Get The Job Done”, an article published by George Barna in Leaders on Leadership. Phillips has some great advice for those who are trying to create strong and healthy teamwork. Here is one of his best statements regarding good leadership:
“Team leaders delegate; they do not abdicate.”
Phillips explains this statement when he writes –
“Gene Warr, a tremendous businessman and developer for Oklahoma City, has a saying that I love: “The best fertilizer for the job is the footprint of the boss.” A team leader must recognize the spiritual gifts of those within the team and delegate the team’s tasks accordingly. Of course, each team member’s ability to persist, attitude toward the job and work performance, in addition to personal spiritual gifts, determines who is given which task. Then, thought, the leader must allow the team members and/or the team as a whole to complete the task without unnecessary interference. Each team operates differently, and people within a team may use different approaches than might be used by other team members. Effective leaders allow for personal creativity and individuality in accomplishing assignments.
Phillips goes on to say, “ I learned the importance of delegation with the Billy Graham team. Working in three or more crusade cities with different teams each year for twenty years, I realized that different styles accomplish the task in different ways, but they do accomplish it. The team leader’s job is to plan, delegate, oversee, control and encourage.
Allow you team to grow. Give team members tasks that are within their giftings and abilities, but beyond their previous experience. Stretch them, but be available to assist. Encourage, exhort, challenge or correct as needed. (Leaders on Leadership pp. 227-228)