CNLP Bonus 015: The Five Lies Leaders Believe with Barnabas Piper and Todd Adkins on the 5LQ Podcast

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Last year, I had a refreshing and honest conversation with Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper on their podcast, 5LQ, about insecurity, inadequacy and the lies that leaders believe.

Today, I wanted to share this conversation with you as a bonus episode because we’re celebrating the limited return of The High Impact Leader. I know you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

The High Impact Leader course has helped over 1800 leaders who have already discovered how to get time, energy and priorities working in their favor.

Welcome to Bonus Episode 015 of the podcast.

5LQ Podcast with Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper

Barnabas Piper on Episode 050

Todd Adkins on Episode 133

Carey’s story of burnout

The Leadership Code by Dave Ulrich

Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

Church Unique by Will Mancini

The High Impact Leader Course is back for a limited time, visit TheHighImpactLeader.com

3 Insights from This Episode

1. Don’t give in to Imposter Syndrome. 

Most of us are scared of being “found out” that we don’t know nearly as much as others think we do. This feeling breeds insecurity and inadequacy. Ultimately, it leads to believing lie: I must know everything about everything. 

The truth is, you don’t. And it’s not your job to. The best leaders don’t just solve problems… they find problems (and develop other people to help solve them). One of the best things you can do is to be honest when you don’t know the answer to a question and say “you know, the person you really need to talk to about this is…” 

2. Don’t Let What starts with you end with you. 

A lot of leaders believe the lie: I must be prominent and lead from the front. 

If your identity is tied up in being up front, it can be really threatening to have someone else interested in sharing the spotlight. A question to ask yourself is: How do I want this to end? If you don’t want the church to end with you, then you have to give someone else the microphone from time to time. Don’t let what starts with you, end with you.

3. Are you willing to hire someone who is better than you?

Another lie leaders believe is: My followers’ success is a threat to me. 

There’s a theory out there that if, on a 1 – 10 scale, you’re a 7… you’ll hire 5s and 6s. That’s because most of us want to hire people who are below us. But that’s a flawed way of thinking. It’s easy to hire a smart accountant if you don’t have an interest in accounting, but how about when it’s on our own territory?

We need to strive to be the kinds of leaders who celebrate success and not be threatened because of it. Nobody has ever been fired for raising up a team of rockstars. When we develop people’s talent so well that they thrive, it’s called good leadership.

Quotes from This Episode

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Next Episode: Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan has helped over 200 churches in the last 8 years, and has observed that most churches go through predictable patterns in its life-cyle. Combining the insights of Les McKeown (Episode 112) and others, Tony has identified 7 specific stages in the life-cycle of a church and shows you where you need to be, and how to get there.

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Carey Nieuwhof
Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.

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