Apr 30, 2015

Clemenza: Don Corleone, you once said the day would come when me and Tessio could form our own families. Until today I would never think of such a thing but now I must ask your permission.

Don Corleone: Well, Michael's head of the family now and if he gives his permission then you have my blessing. 

To give up authority and power is hard. But if you want your organization to survive and keep fulfilling its mission, then you’ve got to be realistic and painstakingly prepare the next generation leaders and plan your exit.


       1) Delegate not just tasks but authority as well.

As Pastor Craig Groeschel puts it, “when you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.”

      2) “Delegate authority almost to the point of abdication.”

This philosophy of Warren Buffett on delegation works and he has $70.1 Billion and Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth most valuable public company in the U.S. with a market capitalization of $355 billion to prove it.

“WARREN BUFFETT delegates, not just a task, but the entire job. He owns more than eighty-eight diverse businesses, and he has turned over the management of these companies to eighty-eight highly competent CEO-managers who have complete control over their businesses.” (Warren Buffett's Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business, Mary Buffett, David Clark 2009)

      3) Delegating authority also means making them responsible for the organization

Don’t be a "run-to-the-rescue" leader when failure comes knocking on the door. It will only delay the growth of people as leaders. Let them take responsibility for the success and failure of the organization.

      4Although tempting, don’t interfere or try to micromanage.

As long as they’re fulfilling the mission and preserving the core values of the organization, don’t try to interfere by trying to align their methods to yours.  

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out." -President Ronald Reagan

       5) Don’t let insecurity keep you from giving power to others.  

“Only secure leaders give power to others.” John Maxwell

Give the next generation leaders resources, encouragement, and credit. See the best in them, and inspire them to reach their potential.

       6) Learn from our highest authority who gave up his position to reach out to us.

“but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7

And then empowered us to carry out the mission.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)

To think about:
      1)      Do you consistently ask yourself the question, “who is next in line”?
      2)      Are you preparing the next generation leaders? Will your corporation, organization, small group or ministry survive beyond you?
      3)      What’s keeping you from passing the baton?


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