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We all know the stories of a once successful pastor or leader who flamed out too soon. It could be a moral failure or burnout, but somewhere they got off track and had a hard time regaining traction. So sad.
In years of studying leadership, both in the business world and in ministry, I’ve seen some consistent traps which get in the way of a leader’s long-term success. I’m referring to them as potholes.
Potholes - Leadership - Influence
These potholes can become deep, and when they do, and you hit them, you can literally lose your leadership influence.
Often, also in my experience, if we know the potential dangers we have a better chance of addressing them – and, hopefully even avoiding them.
Potholes - Leadership
Here are 7 potholes that can destroy your leadership:
When a leader ever feels he or she has all the answers – watch out! Pride comes before the fall. And I’m convinced it’s the most unattractive leadership trait we can have.
Leaders - Help - Others
Great leaders remain humble, knowing they didn’t get where they are on their own nor will they stay there without the help of others.
Leadership is hard some days – okay, it’s hard most days. Good leadership isn’t a popularity contest. The leader afraid to challenge will create an environment where mediocrity, chaos, and unhealthy team environment prevails – and eventually it will bite them.
Leaders - Concerns - Conflict - Challenge - Status
Leaders should be willing to address known concerns, not be afraid of healthy conflict, and challenge status quo even when it’s not the most popular thing to do.
A leader who removes his or herself too much from the people doing the actual work, who isn’t visible to their team, or who doesn’t bond well with them never gains significant influence. Even worse, they are more vulnerable to failing personally, as well. As much as the enemy loves busyness, he works also in isolation....
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