Have you ever noticed how standing in a line makes you tired? You do not actually do anything, but the fact that you have to wait makes you both tired and frustrated. Why do we have to stand in line? Often because things are poorly organized.
In Exodus, the father-in-law of Moses comes to him in the desert to see and hear about how God led his people out of Egypt. Moses first spent time telling him about the wonders that took place in Egypt and after listening, Jethro says: “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”
On the next days, Jethro took a look at how Moses lead his people. Everyone with a problem and in need of advice came to Moses personally and he gave them advice on behalf of God. Can you imagine all that waiting the people had to do waiting to stand before Moses and share their problems? Must have been incredibly frustrating. After watching Moses for a while Jethro tells him: “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out.”
A common mistake is to think that an unorganized leader only makes living hard for himself. That is so wrong because we must not forget that such a leader makes living hard for everyone in his environment. Instead of working efficiently employees have to wait for the instructions of the leader who is delayed to all meetings and appointments. When he finally gets there, he is not concentrated because he thinks about his previous and his next meeting, and all the other tasks waiting for him to do something with them.
When less is more
If you recognize yourself as an unorganized leader with too much to do, you may want to listen to the advice „Less is more.” It is time to delegate or time to put some tasks aside. It is better to do 3 things in a great way than 10 things in a poor way.
What kind of a leader are you? Are you making the people around you tired, or are you giving them a boost to work even better and more efficiently?