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Five Common Ways Leaders Undermine Themselves (via Eric Geiger)

Eric Geiger notes five ways leaders undermine themselves.

1. Changing directions continually
2. Not learning
3. Indecision
4. Overpromising
and, lastly,
5. Not living the values
The biggest way leaders undermine themselves is by not living the vision and values they champion. A leader’s lack of commitment to the values that hang on a wall empty those values of any real culture-shaping authority.

Read the explanations of the first four at the original post.

To these I’d add: Trying to spare people the pains and discomforts that always accompany growth and change.


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Three Snares For Leaders (via Eric Geiger)

Eric Geiger aims these points at younger leaders who have tasted affirmation or success early in life or ministry.
They are applicable in every season of life, I think.

1. Skills can outpace sanctification.
When a leader has been continually affirmed for his or her skills, the leader can obsess over development of those skills more than the development of integrity. If the leader starts to believe that what really put him or her in the current position is skill, and not the Lord’s choosing, then the leader can easily care more intensely about perfecting those skills while caring very little about integrity and character. When skills outpace sanctification, a leader is headed toward a downfall. When the pressures of the position outweigh one’s character, self-destruction is inevitable.

2. Focus can be on work for Christ instead of the work of Christ.
All of us, because we are prone to drift from God’s grace and focus on ourselves, experience the temptation to look at what we do rather than what He has done. Perhaps driven and achievement-oriented people feel the temptation even stronger…

3. Identity can be found in the role instead of in the Lord.
Everyone struggles with finding worth and identity in something less than the Lord, and leaders who are given accolades for their work are easily susceptible to finding their worth in their performance instead of in His.

Read the whole post here.


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Six Questions Leaders Should Routinely Ask Themselves (via Eric Geiger)

Eric Geiger points out that those who lead should examine themselves and their leadership regularly.
He offers six questions that aid this self-examination.
“Leaders are merely stewards. We don’t own the people, the ministry, or the organization we lead. We merely steward the opportunity for a season. Someone will come along after us. Because our leadership is short, we should lead and serve with thoughtful intentionality. Wise leaders routinely evaluate their lives and leadership.”

Here are the first two:
1. Who is influencing me?
Whom a leader listens to determines much of what a leader does. So leaders are wise to evaluate the voices that are impacting their decision-making, their perspectives, and their attitudes.
2. What am I learning?
Leaders who stop learning will eventually stop leading effectively. A lack of learning in one season of leadership leaves a leader ill-prepared in the next. Max De Pree said that we cannot stop from growing old, but we can stop from growing cold. We can keep growing, learning, and developing. And leaders must.

Read the other four here.