8 Words To Help You Delegate More Effectively

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

–2 Timothy 2:2

At the Global Leadership Summit last week, Craig Groeschel shared 8 powerful words about delegation:

“Delegating tasks creates followers. Delegating authority creates leaders.”

Followers wait for direction. Leaders serve others through teaching them how it’s done, and then willingly empower them to do their work. Followers doubt their own strengths and play up their own weaknesses. Leaders serve others through going after the support they need to build a formidable team. Followers hesitate until conditions are perfect. Leaders serve others through carrying the vision forward and putting it into action against all odds.

In your company, which do you want to cultivate – followership or servant leadership? If you want servant leaders, stop delegating tasks. Start delegating authority. As Craig also said. “Leaders can have control or growth, but you cannot have both!”

I look forward to hearing your stories of service, empowerment, and forward progress.


But God’s word is not chained.

2 Timothy 2:9

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MARK Deterding is an author, speaker, consultant, executive coach and the founder of Triune Leadership Services, LLC. His purpose is to work with leaders to help them develop core servant leadership capabilities that allow them to lead at a higher level and enable them to achieve their God-given potential. He has written two books, A Model of Servant Leadership, and Leading Jesus’ Way. With over three decades of experience directing companies and developing leaders, Mark created A Model of Servant Leadership parallel to the principles that Jesus himself illustrated. Working with organizations, leadership teams, and executives one-on-one, he helps bring focus, clarity, and action to make things work. He also conducts training programs to teach faith-based servant leadership principles. His greatest passion is seeing the impact servant leadership has on people’s lives and beyond. Prior to Triune Leadership Services he worked for 35 years in the printing industry holding senior leadership positions at Taylor Corporation, RR Donnelly, and Banta Corporation. He is an accomplished executive with a proven track record for developing purpose-driven; values based teams that drive culture improvement, enhanced employee passion, and improved business results. He is featured in Ken Blanchard’s book “Leading at a Higher Level”, and has been a featured speaker for the Ken Blanchard Companies Executive Forum in both 2007 and 2011. Mark lives in Alexandria, Minnesota with his wife Kim. They have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren, so far. To find out more about Mark and his work, visit Triune Leadership Services via the Link adjacent his Photo above.
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Larry Tyler

Great article find the leaders on your staff and then unleash them. Thank you for Sharing

Jane Anderson

This article holds much truth. Thank you for sharing this encouragement for leadership training. The definition of leaders is absolutely true and strong leadership with those qualities described are key to forward momentum. I wonder if Craig Groeschel has a myopic view of followers though. I think followers are necessary. Without followers nothing gets done. Someone has to be humble and willing to do the tasks. But yes, educate, train, and develop leaders for those who are capable and willing to grow into the role.