7 Deadly Sins Of Leadership
Pride – Don’t have excessive belief in your own leadership abilities. Don’t allow your confidence to overshadow your understanding that you did not get to where you are on your own. You must recognize God’s grace and the help from others. Pride is referred to as the sin where all other sins arise, pride will jump-start your leadership into a pit of failure. Don’t become a prideful Mr. or Mrs. Big-Shot Leader. “First pride, then the crash — the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Proverbs 16:18 MSG
Envy – Don’t sit around and wish and ponder and hope and ponder some more about how you can get what others have. Stop secretly desiring others’ traits, status, abilities, or their situation. If you find yourself always thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, maybe it’s time that you start watering and fertilizing your own grass.
Gluttony – Stop over-consuming leadership books, conferences, blogs, thoughts, quotes etc. If you would simply begin applying what you already know and what you have already learned, all of the other leadership information and stimulation will simply be a nice bonus. Application of existing knowledge is a better starting place than over-consumption of knowledge. You will find yourself educated beyond your obedience to simply do what you already know and do what is right.
Lust – Don’t fall victim to inordinate craving for the pleasures of your body. As a leader you are the example, remove the thoughts, stop the flirting, be a leader above reproach and if you find your self in a situation that you can’t handle, remove yourself from the situation. Lust leads to a path of leadership destruction.
Anger – No one wants to work for or with a crazy, angry, mean, bad tempered and angry leader. “Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine.” Proverbs 16:15 MSG
Greed – Don’t have an exceeding desire for material wealth or gain so much so that it rules you and drives your every decision. You find yourself wanting the promotion, the job and the stuff simply because you want “Mo Money!” In the words of the famous historian The Notorious BIG “Mo Money, Mo Problems.” Money and things are not wrong or evil… loving those things and allowing them to become your idol is the problem. Don’t fall in love with those things, be generous and always remember Who is the ultimate giver of those things.
Sloth – As a leaders it is important to be an example of physical, emotional and spiritual health. People listen to the teachings and leadership that you live way more than the leadership that you speak. Talk isn’t necessarily cheap; however actions are definitely more valuable. It’s difficult to get up and talk about discipline, decisions and priorities when your priorities are out of alignment.
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