Derwin Gray: 3 Ways to Kill Your Leadership Potential

1. Stop Serving the People You Lead

The first way to kill your leadership potential is to think that those you lead exist to serve you. Transformative Leadership is about servant leadership. The point leader exists to serve those he or she leads.

Being a transformative leader is not about telling people what to do; it’s about embodying what you’re asking someone to do.

2. Surround Yourself with “Yes” People

The second way to kill your leadership potential is to surround yourself with weak “yes” people. If there’s no one on your leadership team with authority to rebuke, correct, or challenge you, you‘ll become a self-absorbed, insecure dictator.

Everyone has blind spots, except Jesus. He is the perfect leader. You are not. And neither am I. That’s why your leadership team and mine must be comprised of strong, courageous, gifted, humble leaders who will speak the truth to us.

3. Stop Growing & Learning As a Leader

The third way to kill your leadership potential is to stop learning and developing as a leader. As leaders, we replicate who we are in those we lead. If you don’t like the ethos (culture) of your organization, whether it’s an NFL football team, your family, or your church, don’t look around at others to blame. You as the leader have created, through your leadership, what you perceive as a problem.

As you expand and develop as a healthy leader, your influence will go viral throughout the organization you lead. The opposite is true as well. Unhealthy leadership goes viral throughout the organization just as easily.

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Derwin Gray
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recognized as one of the 15 fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine. Gray is the author of "Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future" and is a highly sought-after communicator. Connect with Derwin on twitter @Derwinlgray.