The Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make
Lencioni is my favorite speaker of all time at the Summit. I love his books, I love his wit, I love his humility. I don’t know how in the world he spoke after the video and special that was performed by the Special Friends of Willow Creek…but he did.
1. Becoming a leader for the wrong reason.
It hurts you and it hurts others. Fame, power, money, achievement aren’t good enough. Some people shouldn’t be leaders because of this reason. If there isn’t any deeper reasons for leadership, they won’t sacrifice and eventually they will quit caring for the people around them.
If the return on investment has been calculated, it’s economics, not leadership.
Real leaders sacrifice themselves for the goals of others even if there is no return of the investment. Isn’t that servant leadership? Is there any other kind of leadership? Tired of focus on servant leadership…it’s the only kind of real leadership.
2. Failing to embrace vulnerability.
It’s impossible to be too vulnerable. Let people see you sweat, they are already know you are sweating. We don’t need brown-nosers or activists. Get ‘buck-naked’ with your people and they will run through walls for you.
As a pastor – you have to be extra-vulnerable because the cost of them not believing you is so much greater than the bottom-line.
3. Making leadership too important.
If your identity gets wrapped up in work, huge loss. Lose your identity as child of God, husband, wife, father, mother. Ask your family – do you think that I think my job is more important than you?
Why would anyone do this? Because the people at your work agree with you and praise you more than your kids do.
Common core to all 3 mistakes? Pride.
Solution? Humility. Jesus invented humility. Therefore, Jesus invented leadership.