Leadership is a part of our culture at CentriKid Camps. It’s lived out in everything we do…not only in camp, but throughout the year as well. It’s more than having a position and telling people what to do. It’s with a servant’s heart that we want to lead and serve our teams.
Something I have a hard time carrying out in leadership is delegation. Even though it’s not my favorite part, I had to ask myself, “why is it something I struggle with if it’s such a huge part of leadership?” Here’s the answer: It wasn’t the act of delegation that I hated, it was the position of my heart. In my heart, I was trying to protect what others thought about me. I didn’t want to be seen as a Director who wouldn’t do the things that I told others to do. I didn’t want to be the Director that sits around doing nothing while everyone else on the team is hard at work. But that’s not the truth. I had plenty of other things that I needed to do and some of them were things only I could do.
I try to keep it in perspective and also think about how excited I was when my Director would give me a job or project that no one else was doing. It was a sign of trust. A sign that they knew I was the right person for that job and that I would do it well. It’s because of those people who trusted me with tasks they may have also had a hard time delegating that I became a leader.
This summer, my goal is to build up leaders on my team, to help them grow, and to give them opportunities. Delegation can be a great tool for that! Camp is just one example, but you can use delegation as a way of building up leaders in your own ministry as well.
Jen Hall, our camp intern, loves to learn about leadership. She is excited to use what she’s learned as she directs CK2 at Campbellsville this summer. Keep up with Jen via twitter.