I’ll just do it myself

June 18, 2009 - Mac Lake - Delegation
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“I’ll just do it myself.”  These words flow off our tongue with such ease. We don’t really think about it when we say it.  It just sort of comes naturally to us. But there’s a lot of POWER in these words. When we say, “I’ll do it myself” we’re most likely thinking, “I want to do things my way, in my timing, with my style.”   These words give me the POWER.   If we are honest that’s usually why we say “I’ll just do it myself” because it gives us the POWER of Control.

But consider the impact on those hearing these words.  While it may give us as the leader the POWER of Control…these same words have the POWER to Crush a follower.  When we look at someone and say, “I’ll just do it myself.”  We are in essence saying, “I don’t believe in you, I don’t trust you, I don’t think you can do it, I don’t have confidence in you.”  And those words have the Power to Crush a follower and permanently damage their sense of leadership confidence.

Think hard before you say, “I’ll just do it myself.”  You might just find that the more powerful statement is, “Why dont you do it and let me know if you need any help.”  Trusting and empowering someone has incredible POWER to build a persons leadership confidence and leadership competency. 

Are you using your words to get power or empower?  Who can you empower today?

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2 responses to I’ll just do it myself

  1. Very POWERFUL insight and reminder. Thanks.

  2. chrisshimanek June 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Mac! Actually this is a great reminder (and conviction) for me as a father.

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