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9 Things Every Leader Struggles with (and How to Overcome Them!)

I threw out a tweet last week asking leaders what was the top thing that they struggled with…and received lots and lots of answers; however, we took them and basically categorized them into nine things.

Before I list them and how to overcome them, let me share a reality that God has been DRIVING into me over the past three months…


If you are a leader (especially a church leader) then one of the things we are most guilty of is believing God’s Word for other people but not for our own lives.

I can personally relate to EVERY SINGLE ONE of these things listed…and the way I fight/do battle with them is God’s Word!  I believe that by believing God’s Word, we can overcome these things…so with that in mind, here we go…

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1. Feeling Adequate 

Every single church leader I have ever spoken to wrestles with this; the one thing that I always come back to is II Corinthians 4:1, God’s mercy = my ministry!  I am adequate not because of anything I have done but rather because God had mercy on me and called me to Himself.  You are adequate because God called you…period!!!

2. Pride

Every single leader I know is going to deal with this one at some point; for me, anytime I am prideful, I find myself being led to I Corinthians 1:26-31 and I Corinthians 6:9-11!  (James 4:6 is a good one, too!!!)

3. People Pleasing 

Galatians 1:10 and Proverbs 29:25, plain and simple!

4. Delegation 

One of the things that made Paul such a powerful and influential leader is that he delegated not just tasks…but ministry (see I Corinthians 4:17)!  Jesus did the same thing as well (Luke 10:1-24)!  If I want to be a leader like Jesus, I must learn to trust people-period!

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Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.