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.