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7 Warning Signs You Might Be a Controlling Leader

I’m seeing and hearing more about controlling leadership lately. I regularly talk to young leaders through my blog, and many of them feel they are working for one. The odd thing, however, is that many controlling leaders never really know they are one. One reason I annually ask our staff to evaluate me is that I know I have this tendency (it’s even one of my “strengths” on StrengthsFinder), and I have to guard against it.

Here are 7 warning signs that you may be a controlling leader:

1. People start apologizing prior to approaching you with a new idea…

2. You don’t really know how people feel about you, but you assume they all approve of your leadership…

3. You assume you are always right…

4. You enjoy keeping others with less information than you have…

5. You think you should be involved in making all the decisions…

6. You fear others being in control of a project…

7. You ARE the final word on every decision…

Have you ever worked for a controlling leader? Are you one? How would your team answer these questions about you?

What would you add to my list?

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.