The 8 Worst Ideas For Leadership Growth

Margaret —  May 3, 2013 — 8 Comments

The 8 Worst Ideas For Leadership Growth

Many articles are dedicated to nurturing a leader's growth, giving practical advice and insights. But what about those who don't want to grow to become a good leader? Look no further. Here are the 8 worst ideas for leadership growth: [Tweet this]

1. Don't delegate jobs. Do it all yourself! Why get eight hours of sleep when you can survive off two? Many people in your ministry have hidden talents you may not be aware. To engage them in a job would be an ineffective use of energy. Instead, burn yourself out by amassing large amounts of responsibility you can't manage. Besides, the bag-under-the-eye look is popular right now.

2. Stop learning. Don't read any journals or up-to-date blogs to expand your thinking. Refuse to change your perspective once you learn other's opinions and methods. Why become more compassionate and well informed if you can close your mind to any learning opportunities? [Tweet this]

3. Invest in fiscal irresponsibility. Make a paper airplane out of your ministry's budget sheet. Don't worry yourself about staying within financial boundaries. Good stewardship? Pitch it. Don't try to seek wisdom in handling money from those gifted in this area, either. Saving and planning for the financial long term only decreases your present momentary pleasure. Rent a pony for the office!

4. Make your ministry all about you. This is an awesome opportunity to build your pride. Become upset when others take their attention off you to serve others. Print 12x8 autographed posters of yourself and hang them in place of the cross. Focus on your needs, your goals, your expectations, and not on Christ's command to love others as he loves us.

5. Forget a vision or big picture plan. Why stay on track with your goals when you can be spontaneous all the time? When a big picture unifies a team you miss out on the fun of constant bickering, arguing, and awkward tension. If you also cut off communication between workers, you give everyone the opportunity to create their own mini impenetrable fortress within the ministry. Provide building blocks to add to the excitement.

6. Under all circumstances, refuse to take charge. If the floods come and heaven's lightening is falling like rain, don't give into pressure to take charge. A group of people can lead themselves. Oh, they may wander around a bit, acting as though they are lost, but eventually they'll get it. Don't act on the ministry's best interests or squash false rumors. Better yet, don't act at all. They may have hired you to be the leader, but it's not what they really want, right?

7. Promote inconsistency. Pull as many U-turns as possible by retracting promises and not practicing what you preach. Don't show up when you said you would be there. Be wishy-washy in your directions by being vague, ignoring consequences, and then changing them right before they are completed. Cause people to question your trustworthiness.

8. Don't invest in next generation leaders. Destroy all the hard work you and others have done by making sure your ministry will come crashing down without you. Don't prevent future mistakes by sharing what you've learned with young leaders. Why bother impacting and shaping upcoming enthusiasts when you won't be around to see what they do? [Tweet this]

What bad ideas would you add to this list? [Tweet this]

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***This article also appeared on Catalyst Space, here.

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8 responses to The 8 Worst Ideas For Leadership Growth

  1. Lead in a business/cause/movement/ministry that you are not passionate about.

    You have to believe in what you are making/creating/selling/offering/giving if you want to lead effectively!

    I might add that I think this is not “making the ministry all about you….your needs, your goals, your expectations”. I think there is a difference but I am curious if other readers agree and what their thoughts are first.

  2. Another “no no” for leadership growth, is “dwell on the negatives.” In other words, dwelling on what you don’t have rather than what you do have breeds discouragement. I’ve been in pastoral leadership for 38 plus years and I can always find shortages of volunteer help, resources, finances, talents, etc. So, focus on your weaknesses and others rather than focusing on the One who knows all and supplies all that we need!

  3. “Planning is over-rated and not Spirit-led.” :-( Sadly, I’ve seen too many leaders burn-out and get burned with this philosophy. Attempting to be two-weeks out in planning and preparation actually allows for more creativity as well as as less stressful life. Amazing new ways to tweak things can be accomplished with a week (or more) notice!!

  4. i would add: “feeling nervous that you are not onto the next new/best thing” plus
    “not having settled a biblical informed ministry philosophy”

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