6 Leadership Mistakes I’ve Made
- Not getting the entire story before confronting someone about an “issue” that had been brought to my attention! A leader who always believes the worst about the people he leads needs to do a serious gut-check!
- Letting emotion get the best of me and shutting down a discussion when I should actively listen. A leader is way more likely to get buy-in if the people he leads actually feel like he listens to them…REALLY listens to them.
- Choosing “the obvious” rather than listening to The Holy Spirit.
- Not allowing the people (or department) that would be most impacted by a particular decision to actually have input on that decision.
- Assuming that everyone on our staff (and in our church) will immediately receive a decision in the first presentation when it took our leadership team months to process it. People need time to process and ask questions…and while some leaders label this “disloyal” I actually see it as staff trying to be MORE loyal by fully understanding and appreciating everything that goes along with a particular decision.
- Not pressing down on a person when I know they disagree with a decision. Some people need to be forced into conflict…and a leader always loses when he sees that a person disagrees with him, but the leader won’t pull it out of them, because he really just wants to keep the peace.