Empowerment Versus Delegation

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On Friday, part of the discussion I had with the coaching network guys was related to the differences between empowerment and delegation. We took about 15 minutes to brainstorm a list of the differences between the two. Here’s part of where we landed:

empowerment vs delegation

Here’s the reality. It’s a lot easier to delegate tasks. And, there are instances, particularly in emergency response situations, where delegation is necessary. In the long run, though, empowering other leaders is the way to build healthier organizations. It will be messier along the way, but you end up in a place where your organization can have a much bigger impact and more people will be fulfilled in their roles.

Do you agree? What would you add to the list?

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About Author

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.

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  1. [...] Sometimes church members are asked to serve but are not empowered to do what they are asked to do.  Churches are quick to give people responsibilities.  The problem is that they don’t often empower them to do ministry.  Let me explain.  Often staff will delegate responsibilities to volunteers.  When they delegate those responsibilities it means that the staff is still ultimately responsible for the outcomes, good or bad.  When a volunteer is empowered they are given the authority to do what needs to be done within the parameters set by the vision for the church.  For a more detailed of the difference between delegation and empowerment look at Tony Morgan’s post here. [...]