So many leaders believe things about themselves and about leadership that simply aren’t true. Carey joins up with Todd Adkins and Eric Geiger from the 5LQ Leadership Podcast for a co-broadcast of this special episode. They tackle some key lies leaders fall for again and again.
Welcome to Episode 177 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
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3 Insights from This Episode
LIE #1: If I’m winning at church, but not at home I’m still winning
Success is so much easier to measure at the office than at home. Wins are tangible, results come faster, and ego is fueled by an earned sense of worth. If your ministry or business is thriving, but your home life is suffering, it’s not okay to justify the situation.
Yes, there are seasons where sacrifices are made, but they can’t go on forever and become the normal routine. If you have to choose between the two – choose to win at home. The ones closest to you shouldn’t get the lesser of your leadership abilities.
LIE #2: I have paid my dues and I deserve the perks
Many leaders struggle with feeling guilty about the benefits that can come from position or success. Maybe you’ve asked yourself What will people think if I:
-Buy that nicer car or house?
-Accept the amazing tickets to the sporting event?
-Upgrade to business class on that long flight?
These aren’t bad things, but you need to have a clear handle on what’s motivating you. Are you working for the perks? Do you feel you’ve earned or are due a certain status? Are you wanting to show off your success?
Guard your servant heart, have someone keep you accountable and remain humble for the gifts you receive. When you stop questioning your motivation and start feeling entitled, that’s when there’s room for concern.
LIE #3: My secret sin doesn’t matter
Unconfessed sin in the life of a leader will steal your confidence. As it builds overtime, the sin multiplies – pulling you further from God and destroying an authentic relationship with Him and everyone around you.
Your sin does matter and keeping it a secret makes everything worse. It’s just not worth it.
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