CNLP 189: Rusty George on Leadership and Trust, Why We Misplace It and How to Trust People After You’ve Been Burned

Of all the things leaders struggle with, personal betrayal and hurt seem to run the deepest. In a very perceptive conversation, Rusty George talks about why leaders have their trust broken, how to recover, and how to not make the same mistakes again.

Welcome to Episode 189 of the podcastListen 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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Better Together by Rusty George

CNLP 095: The Challenges Of Scaling A Church – An Interview With Rusty George

Links Mentioned

Join Carey in Australia.

May 5th & 6th, 2018: Preaching at Crossway Baptist Church, Melbourne

May 7th, 2018: Global Leadership Summit Plus at Seeds Uniting Church, Adelaide

May 9th, 2018: Global Leadership Summit Plus at Newlife Uniting Church, Gold Coast

May 11th, 2018: Impact Leadership Conference at Riverview Church, Perth

Join Carey in New Zealand.

May 13th-17th, 2018: Leading Healthy Churches with LeadershipWorx. View the full event schedule here.

The Connecting Church by Randy Frazee

Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute

Leadership Pain by Samuel Chand

Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley (Note: these podcasts are currently unavailable)

CNLP 121: James Emery White On The Rise Of Generation Z: A Post-Christian, Post-Millennial Generation

Sex with Robots by James Emery White

3 Insights from This Episode

1. Leaders don’t need to hide from community

Most leaders wrestle with finding their place in community. Longevity in leadership can create feelings of disconnect overtime and make it hard to find authentic friendships. Often, it seems easier to just be alone and hide.

Solitude has it’s place, but it can’t meet all of your needs. Community is a must. Community offers a way for leaders to know they aren’t alone.

2.  Perfectionists believe too many lies in their heads

Perfectionists are constantly hearing lies inside their heads telling them that they’re not good enough. Rusty suggests practicing these three steps to tune out those lies and see the truth:

1. Fast from Social Media – Take the weekend or a couple of days every now and then off of social media. Let your mind recenter and focus on reality.

2. Keep a Gratitude Journal – Listing all the good things God is doing in YOUR life is a tangible way to realize your blessings instead of only noticing what He’s doing for others.

3. Celebrate the Wins of Other Leaders – Remove jealousy and competitiveness by acknowledging the successes of leaders locally and globally around you.

3. Trust others in relationships, but only entrust your self-worth to God

Jesus trusted people in his engagements, but he placed his self-worth in God alone. Leaders can’t entrust their validity to the opinions of others. Only God can affirm one’s worth.

If you expect someone to love you unconditionally, it’s quite a weight for that person to carry. The truth is that humans are not fully capable of that kind of love. Entrust all value and worth to God. He’s the only one who can handle that kind of weight.

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Next Episode: Nick Vujicic  

Nick Vujicic has been interviewed hundreds of times by people, including Oprah Winfrey about being born without limbs, and his story has been told thousands of times. Sometimes your life can be defined by one incident or condition. So in this interview, Carey asked Nick about all the things he rarely gets asked about, like his family, how to preach the Gospel and what he thinks will turn a nation around spiritually.

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CNLP 189: Rusty George on Leadership and Trust, Why We Misplace It and How to Trust People After You’ve Been Burned


  1. Steve on May 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    How do you get the free sermon resources about community mentioned in the podcast?

  2. Steve on May 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    How do you get the free sermon resources on community that you talked about in the podcast?

  3. vivek on April 29, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Hii sir i am from india our’s is village we are poor sir please prayer for our churish and for our family and our churish people i am so happy to chat with you sir please prayer sir

  4. Mabel Boyd on April 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Excellent teaching on trusting your worth to God .

  5. Wanda on April 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Beautiful Conference call. Enjoyed it. Very helpful.

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