EMPOWERING OTHERS

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

JOHN 14:12

A CEO was excited that he’d found the right man to be general manager of his growing enterprise. He had all the training, the right skill set and great people skills. The CEO gave him all authority to fulfill his role. However, after six months the CEO had to fire him. The general manager refused to use the authority given him to accomplish his tasks.
 
Great leaders, mentors and managers must empower others to fulfill the mission of any organization. Jesus invested time and energy developing leaders. Only at the point at which they could properly manage the resource did Jesus empower them. He knew that the teacher who offers authority too early sets up followers for failure. On the other hand, the leader who fails to empower capable people creates frustration.
 
Good empowerment also involves engaging your follower to use the authority entrusted to him or her to fulfill the mission. Jesus imparted to His followers a proper balance of authority to fulfill the mission He gave to them. They had to learn the freedom and boundaries in exercising that God-given authority.
 
Peter, for example, was not ready for leadership before the crucifixion. He failed to use the authority given to him by Jesus. It required a failure in Peter’s life before he matured in his leadership. However, once Peter began to appropriate what Jesus had imparted to him, he became a powerful and effective leader.
 
Empowering others is a key attribute of a leader who wants to advance his or her followers’ mission.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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