“If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions.” 1 Timothy 3:1 (The Message)
The place to start empowering people is by evaluating them. With inexperienced people, if you give them too much authority too soon, you can be setting them up to fail. With people who have lots of experience, if you move too slowly you can frustrate and demoralize them.
Sometimes when leaders misjudge the capabilities of others the results can be comical. For example, in 1898, Albert Einstein applied for admittance to the Munich Technical Institute and was rejected because he would “never amount to much.” As a result, instead of going to school, he worked as an inspector at the Swiss Patent Office and with his extra time he refined his theory of relativity.
Remember that everyone has the potential to succeed. Your job is to see the potential, find out what he lacks, and equip him with what he needs. As you evaluate the people you intend to empower, look first at three areas:
- Knowledge – Think about what people need to know in order to do anything you intend to give them.
- Skill – Nothing is more frustrating than being asked to do things for which you have no ability.
- Desire – No amount of skill, knowledge, or potential can help a person succeed if he doesn’t have the desire to be successful.
(Source: John Maxwell)