Read in 1 min Leader Resources » Other Leader Resources » Self-Care » Professional Development Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 4 Quick and Easy Tips to Control Your Inner Control Freak If you secretly — or not so secretly — believe no one can do a job as well as you, you may be a control freak. Taking over other people’s assignments when they struggle, have a question, or stray off track is a common symptom. This tendency is destructive to you and to your team — so take a moment to evaluate before you begin your next big project. Try these four things. 4 Quick Tips to Control Your Inner Control Freak 1. Share. Outline responsibilities in ways that maximize individual strengths. 2. Communicate. Meet frequently for updates and to address concerns. Resist the temptation to discard others’ ideas or control what they’re doing. If a team member is genuinely in trouble, offer guidance but don’t take over. 3. Assess. If you sincerely feel someone needs you to step in, take a look at what’s really going on. Is it an isolated incident, or an ongoing issue? If you can objectively say that the person needs help, then help — but don’t take over. 4. Release control. A tendency to take over means you’re doing more and more. Take stock of projects or responsibilities you’ve taken over. If 20 percent or more of your total job is working on “takeovers,” you’re on the fast track to burnout. Start reassigning or eliminating — and don’t fill the empty slots with more takeovers. Want more articles for children’s ministry leaders? Check these out. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!