When Less is More

2010 Catalyst Conference

This is a 17 minute section from a session that Andy Stanley gave at the Catalyst conference in 2010. Andy is teaching on the leadership principle of doing less to accomplish more. Andy is the Senior Pastor at North Point Community Church outside of Atlanta and is a prolific author; his latest release is entitled Deep & Wide.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry.

Andy's Notes:

I. When less is more
A. It is natural and necessary for leaders to try and prove themselves by doing everything. But what may initially be natural and necessary will ultimately limit your effectiveness as a leader.

B. Two of the best kept secrets of leadership:
1. The less you do, the more you accomplish
2. The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish

II. When leaders drift from their core competencies
A. Their effectiveness diminishes
B. The effectiveness of other leaders in the organization diminishes
C. The ability of the organization to get and keep great leaders diminishes as well.

III. Why some leaders miss it
A. Your goal as a leader is not to become a well rounded leader, your goal as a leader is to create and build a well rounded organization.
Tip: Great achievers are not well rounded, they are men and women who play to their strength and delegate their weakness

B. Leaders forget to distinguish between their authority and core competencies.
Tip: Leverage your authority as little as possible. Make as few decisions as possible.

C. Some leaders are not able to distinguish between their competencies and their non-competencies.
Tip: You are not the smartest person in your organization, you are just the leader.

Andy said that your ultimate goal in leadership should be to "only do what only you can do." What does that look like in your ministry and your leadership?
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Andy said that great leaders say this a lot, "I'll let you make that decision." What are some specific circumstances where you can empower others to lead in their core leadership simply by stating, "I'll let you make that decision."
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Andy said that the less you do the more you accomplish and the more others on your team will accomplish. Have you experienced this to be true? What are some specific examples of this in your own leadership?
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Andy said that great leaders need to leverage their authority as little as possible. What are some ways that you can do that? Are their specific people in your organization that you could give more authority to?
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