Five Leadership Roadblocks Effective Leaders Overcome

Episode #352
August 8, 2017
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Podcast Episode #352

Leaders often face decision making roadblocks that affect the health of their church or organization. Today we discuss how to overcome these roadblocks.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • “Make the inevitable the immediate.” — Dean Inserra
  • Too many leaders kick the can on difficult decision.
  • It is inconceivable to many church members that a church would delete someone’s job or fire a staff member.
  • When leadership refuses to make necessary decisions, the entire organization suffers.
  • Good leaders have the courage to act quickly and make necessary decisions.
  • Ministries and church programs have life cycles. Eventually, they must end.
  • When making a difficult decision, ask what’s best for the organization—not necessarily what’s best for you personally.
  • Leadership is not about the perks—it carries a price with it.

The five leadership roadblocks we discuss are:

  1. There are political repercussions for a decision.
  2. The subject of the decision has strong sentimental attachments to it.
  3. The fear that the decision will reflect a lack of compassion or lack of Christian concern.
  4. The desire to give something “just one more chance.”
  5. Fear of change in the leader’s life.

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