The more I can delegate tasks that are not uniquely mine, the more attention I can pay to those that are.

I have run small organizations, and I have run large corporations.  I have never been short of time, because I believe I know how to prioritize.  I keep for myself the things that only I can do and delegate the rest.

These quotes are by Fred Smith, who was for many years a renowned Christian and business leader.  His daughter, Brenda, sent me a book that complied some of his thoughts about leadership, and that’s where I found the above quotation.  It’s the simplest, clearest, most practical advice I’ve ever heard about delegation.  It’s a vital practice for pastors and staffers, whatever the church’s size!