By Henry Kyambalesa-President Rupiah Banda’s local and international trips have so far been excessive. He needs to travel less so that he can stay in his office to supervise his Ministers more effectively, tend to pressing national issues, as well as save himself from the stress and jet-lag associated with excessive traveling by aeroplane.
He needs to delegate more so that his Ministers can take some of the less-important trips. As Management gurus would profess, good leaders attain their stipulated goals through the efforts of their subordinates. As such, a leader who spends much of his or her time performing tasks which subordinates are capable of performing is likely to be less effective in discharging his or her duties.
I am often intrigued by what the Holy Bible teaches us on the issue of delegation in Exodus 18:14-22, in which Jethro advised his son-in-law, Moses, as follows:
“Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening? …. You will surely wear out … select out of all the able men … [and] place these over them, as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.”
I, of course, prepare this piece of advice knowing very well that “you can never teach an old dog new tricks”, so to speak.