I am the only one, said the Leader! This type of leader has the belief that no person could do the job like they can so for that reason they must do everything (Woodell, 2009). Many times these leaders seem that they are unable to ask for help or delegate. This leadership style is known as compulsive. Leaders who are compulsive tend to become burnt out, filled with resentment, and the harmful belief that those they lead are unable to complete the job (Woodell, 2009). This leader would take on all the job responsibilities and duties within the department. Compulsion style never resulted in the creation of a great leader. The leader will continue not to trust that other people are capable of completing tasks.
With the Lord’s mercy and grace, He bestowed Moses with leadership abilities to help the Jewish people leave Egypt and head towards the promise land. There were a lot of struggles that he faced when he became the master of conflict management. Moses’ father-in-law saw that Moses was so overwhelmed with all the people coming to him to solve their problems (Boa, 2007 p.401). His Father-in-Law suggested that there be other people trained to handle the smaller conflicts, and the larger conflicts go before Moses.
For this to happen, Moses had to let go and realize that there were other people who could do the job. They would need the proper training and the desire to help others. By learning to delegate and trust those under his leadership, he could continue serving his people as their leader.
It can be hard for compulsive leaders to let go and trust that others can handle the tasks just as well or maybe even better. However, if this pattern of control continues the results can be devastating.
Learning to be a great leader takes work, but it can start by being approachable, accepting of constructive criticism, and let go (Boa, 2007 p. 401). There can be amazing outcomes when a leader provides their team with the freedom to accomplish tasks on their own. Leading is not about who does what better it can be about helping people find their passions, strength, abilities, and improve performance.
Boa, K. Buzzell, S. & Perkins, B. (2007). Handbook to Leadership: Leadership in the Image of God. Atlanta, GA: Trinity House Publishers, Inc.
Woodell, Wes. (2009, Oct 31). Five Types of Dysfunctional Leaders. Retrieved from http://outoftheoverflow.com/tag/codependent-leader/