How to Leave a Legacy as a Leader

Episode #350
August 1, 2017
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Podcast Episode #350

Leaders should desire to leave their church or organization better than when they arrived. Today, we tackle eight characteristics of leaders who leave a legacy that lasts.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One of the most important aspects of leaders is what happens after they are gone.
  • Biblical faithfulness is foundational for Christian leaders who leave legacies.
  • Continual short-term pastorates will hurt the health of a church.
  • A leader who lacks confidence will not lead well.
  • When you’re wrong, admit you’re wrong.
  • There will always be people in the church who don’t like you, no matter how great a pastor you are.
  • Persistence is one of the distinguishing characteristics between good leaders and great leaders.
  • Don’t get so immersed in doing the good that you fail to do the great.

The eight keys to leaving a lasting legacy as a leader are:

  1. Fierce Biblical Faithfulness.
  2. Tenure.
  3. Confident Humility.
  4. Acceptance of Responsibility.
  5. Unconditional Love of People.
  6. Persistence.
  7. Outwardly-Focused Vision.
  8. A Desire for a Lasting Legacy.

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