Exodus 18:19-21 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
- Seek Wise Counsel: It is important that leaders surround themselves with people who have wisdom. Wisdom is the practice of putting knowledge into action and then learning from it. Too many times leaders surround themselves with friends and family who have no expertise and it usually ends up in failure. Look for people who have been down your road before, find people who are gifted and talented in your field. They are all around you just have to look.
- Stand Before God: Leaders need to go to their source of power daily. This isn’t to get vision but instead to hear from God. It is in these times through reading the Bible and prayer that the leader will be impressed by God in several different ways. He will forewarn us, He will guide us , and He will settle us during stressful times. This kind of clarity and strength will be sensed by those who follow you. They will also notice that you won’t tend to go around in circles.
- Train Your People: Jethro, Moses’ father in law, told Moses to Teach, Show, and Walk with those he led. Too many times we just teach someone once and we forget to show by them how to do it. We must follow through on our training by instructing them properly and then when they blow it we correct and re-instruct. This is what it means to walk with them. Unfortunately this always doesn’t work out and you must let somebody go. Do it quickly. Letting it linger saps your energy and your company’s momentum.
- Choose Able People: The telling sign of a good leader is who he promotes. A seasoned business leader once told me he always hired people smarter than him. What was the benefits of that? When he returned to the city he worked in a group of 25 guys who worked for him surprised him at a dinner one night. The average tenure for each employee worked for the guy was over 20 years. When you hire good people they last and they increase what you are doing.
- Delegate: Finally let your people do their job. Don’t micro-manage or over control them. If you hired right they are capable. A good rule of thumb of delegation is that if someone can do it 75% as good as you then delegate it. This will be a challenge for those who think they are perfectionists because no one will be able to do it as good as you but you can’t do it all so give it away. The Bible says that one can slay a thousand and two can slay ten thousand.
If you implememnt these into your leadership arsenal you will see incredible productivity and efficiency.