I’m one of those entrepreneurs that has bought into the mentality of “nobody can do it better than I can.” So when someone did or handled something differently, it was often less trouble for me to just go ahead and do their task for them!
The problem with this is that I’m enabling my employees or contractors to ‘slack’ if I continue on like this. They will know that I’ll come in to fix things up, so they perform with such expectations.
The bigger issue comes from my reading today in proverbs: PRO 18:9 says “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
So not only am I wasting time doing work I shouldn’t be doing, I’m also putting my employees in a vulnerable position of being a slacker.
Although it may require more from us as entrepreneurs, we are doing our employees a far greater service when we resist doing something they need to do for themselves.
I’ll admit that most of the times I take over a project or task, its my own fault because I didn’t give enough training, instruction or deadline.
We are serving our employees best when we are pouring into them, teaching them our “secrets” and spending extra time with them when we notice they did something we would have done differently…not just taking over the task.
I need to redefine what it means to serve our employees. God instructs leaders to teach their followers how to handle responsibility.
Lets serve our team by teaching them how to be the best.