Jesus worked through team. He gathered 12 men and discipled them through His teaching and example, how they should live, and how they should minister. These 12 men were far from perfect, but they answered God’s call and He used them in mighty ways. If Jesus worked through team, and He was the perfect Son of God (who didn’t need people), how much more should we work through team?
There are several reasons leaders may be tempted to do everything themselves. The following is a list of lies leaders may believe, followed by the truth that disproves the lies.
The Lie: No one really wants to help so I should do it all myself.
The Truth: People are often waiting for a personal invitation by the leader before they are willing to get involved. Secondly any leader trying to do everything themselves is going to burn out quickly.
The Lie: I can do the job better myself.
The Truth: No one person is good at everything. Rather than working alone, we should gather a team made up of individuals with a variety of strengths and giftings. A wise leader builds a team with individuals that have strengths in areas of his/her weakness.
The Lie: I should keep saying yes.
The Truth: Sometimes our yes allows another to sin by saying no. As leaders, if we are doing more than our share of the work, we may be allowing others to be negligent. We may be robbing another of his/her blessing because we’ve stepped up to do a job they should have done.
The Lie: Asking for help is a weakness.
The Truth: Asking for help can be a strength. It takes courage and humility to admit we need help, and these are godly characteristics that every leader should possess.
The Lie: If I let others know my weaknesses they won’t respect me.
The Truth: Authentic leaders who admit their weaknesses and vulnerabilities tend to attract, not repel people. Many people would rather follow an authentic leader, than someone who is pretending to have it all together.
The Lie: I must keep leading even though I know my time is done because no one is stepping up to take my place.
The Truth: When God asks you to step down from leading, listen. If you try to keep leading after your expiry date, you will likely do more damage than good.
The Lie: I’m not good enough to lead.
The Truth: God loves to equip the called. Most of the biblical characters God used were misfits or ordinary people. This should give us hope that God can use us, despite our weaknesses!