Leadership Is Disappointing People at a Rate They Can Stand

Ain’t that the truth?

The truth is, as a leader, you will disappoint people. It’s inevitable.

If you go trying to please everyone and anyone, you’re going to compromise the integrity of the ministry AND more importantly, you’ll chase away any remaining aspect of your sanity. Because it’s insane to try to please everyone. You. Simply. Can’t.
Perhaps knowing that you’ll be an utter disappointment to some (and a fair disappointment to the rest) will free you up to do what you feel is right and good for the overall ministry.

But, it needs to be clear that we’re not here to be liked or to win a popularity contest.

There are times when we’re going to have to stay firm, hold our ground, and be stubborn (if you will) in the decisions that we need to make or what direction to lead the ministry and congregation to.
Then there will be times where we have to compromise our vision and see that holding our ground is more harmful and detrimental to the overall ministry. After all, are you a leader if no one follows you?

I guess a really good leader will be able to discern when is a good time to stand firm or when is a good time to let go and go with the flow.
One of these days, I hope to get a better grasp of what is needed.

Until then, I can only learn from my mistakes and hope to not repeat them.


3 thoughts on “Leadership Is Disappointing People at a Rate They Can Stand

  1. I especially liked your comment about compromise — are you a leader if no one follows you? It reminds me of a famous quote– “There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.”
    — Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, French politician. Sometimes we get so intent on leading, we forget to see if anyone is actually following.

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