Here's part II of the notes I had from Andy Stanley's talk at Catalyst West last month:
Great leaders don't make all the decisions – One of the great
ways you enable others in your organization to lead and grow is to allow
them to make decisions. When you allow them to make decisions, it gives
them responsibility and authority. Responsibility and authority
will grow a leader because it's his own reputation on the line. No one
Decisions should be made at the lowest level in the organization chart as possible. The senior leader, executive vice president, CEO, or executive director doesn't have to make every
One principle I employ as a leader in the middle of our
organization is that I always try to make a decision I
think I can be made without consulting my leader. If I think I know what she will say when I
ask, then I make the decision on her behalf.
The thing you are no good at is someone else's opportunity to
shine – Very true, if I'm guilty of one flaw as a leader (there are actually many flaws I have) it's that I do too much.
I don't delegate enough to others, and as a result I don't allow others
to shine. I don't allow them to shine through and show what they are
When a Leader decides not do something and either delegates it
or decides to leave it untouched, it gives someone else an opportunity
to shine. It gives someone else an opportunity to make something
happen, to make a difference and add value to the
organization in a way they might not have done before.
When you are in your sweet spot, you can't get enough – When
you and I as leaders find the area that we're strong (our sweet spot), we
love it! We love to do what we're good at!
Mine is leading and
writing. I love to work with people in a meeting, one-to-one, and to
focus on working towards a common goal. I love to lead people to
places we've haven't been together.
I also love to write. Give me a
pad of paper and a pen and I'm a happy man. I'm ready to
rock and roll for hours. Giving me a pad of paper and pen is like giving
a 5 year old a box of crayons and a roll of poster paper. I'll have fun all
When a leader finds his sweet spot, he loves it and can't get enough. That should be your sign to stay there and do as much of it and you possibly can.
I'm just curious, but what's your sweet spot? Please leave a comment below and share!