Why are so many leaders—even successful leaders—insecure?
In this exceptionally candid interview, Josh Gagnon, who pastors the 5th fastest growing church in America, talks about insecurity, ambition and how to overcome your personal issues while leading
Welcome to Episode 61 of the Podcast.
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3 Things You Can Do Right Away
- Find the root of the insecurity. For Josh, it was no one ever believing that he could never do what God called him to do. When he realized he lacked affirmation, he sought a counselor and discovered that the greatest answers in life come from the right questions. Do you see insecurity in your conversations? Do you hear insecurity when you talk? When you start to identify that what you’re doing is through insecurity, you can address the problem.
- Admit you’re insecure. Insecure people don’t feel good about themselves and have something to prove to others. Senior pastors work really hard, it’s for other people, and they don’t get the credit. It creates an insecurity for pastors because it’s God gets all the recognition, and that’s ok. Security is going to come when you see yourself as a representation of God, and you’re ok with how God has chosen to use you. When the church becomes your identity, it never gives you what you hoped it would give. But if you allow God to grant your identity, you can walk in security.
- Find a mentor. Get a mentor who’s older than you, because the more you listen to their guidance, you’re taking advantage of the fruit they have to offer. Give people permission to speak into your weaknesses and insecurities, and open yourself up to vulnerability. Ask questions with pure intentions and allow your mentor to offer wisdom they didn’t even know they had. Try to find out where you’re the weakest, and start from there.
Quotes from Josh
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