Going Solo

There are some movie scenes you see, that only become relatable later in life. One of such scenes for me, is the one in Underworld, where the Lycan leader confronts his right hand man who had just failed a task and then says, in now totally relatable frustration, “must I do everything myself!!”.


At different points in your leadership journey, people will fail to do what they are supposed to do. It is inevitable- humans have proven to be limited in the ability to be consistently reliable, sometimes due to no fault of theirs. It’s important to understand this, and not give into the temptation to do it all by yourself.

Exodus 18:21-23


But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.

The above was the advice given by Jethro (Moses’ father-in-law) to Moses. When you consider the track record of recalcitrancy and fickleness the people of Israel had shown, you would understand why Moses would have been hesitant to commit even minor matters of judgement into the hands of others.


Yet Jethro realised that attempting to do it all alone would not only wear him down, but would also wear the already volatile Israelites down as well. Imagine how Moses would have had to sacrifice his encounters with God on the mountain, and miss out on mentoring Joshua (the next leader of Israel) if he had stubbornly insisted on single-handedly judging the people from dawn to dusk.


For any Leader that wants to do stuff God’s way, solo runs are unacceptable. Instead of burdening yourself with too much, and creating a vicious cycle of frustration for you and everyone around you, try to identify one or two (relatively) reliable people that can help. Concentrating your efforts on these one or two people would result in lesser energy spent in trying to monitor delegated duties, and give you more time to do other things.


Giving into the temptation to go it alone will bring success at the long run, only and only if you live in the plot of a Hollywood movie.

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