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You Are Doing Too Much, Part 1 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #10)

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Our Bible verse for this episode is Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Our quote for this episode is from Napoleon Bonaparte. He said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts three books: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby; Next Generation Leader, by Andy Stanley; and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John Maxwell.

Our topic today is Part 1 of "Chapter 1: You Are Doing Too Much" from Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future, by Andy Stanley

Dr. Howard Hendricks said, "The secret of concentration is elimination."

It is both natural and necessary for young leaders to try to prove themselves by doing everything themselves. It is natural because, as a leader, you want to set the pace even as you demonstrate that nothing is beneath you. It is necessary because most of the time nobody is around to help. But what may initially be natural and necessary will ultimately limit your effectiveness. 

Perhaps the two best-kept secrets of leadership are these: 

1. The less you do, the more you accomplish. 
2. The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish. 

As a young leader, my biggest mistake was allowing my time to be eaten up with things outside my core competencies. I devoted an inordinate amount of my first seven years in ministry to things I was not good at—things I would never be good at. At the same time, I invested little energy in developing my strengths.