Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Terrible Bosses

Episode #308
March 7, 2017
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Podcast Episode #308

Regardless of the size of the church, the pastor typically has to manage a staff. They may be volunteers; they may be paid. So today, we cover ten traits pastors should avoid as they manage their staff.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • These principles can apply to any leader— not just pastors.
  • Usually a pastor does not have time to micromanage staff constantly—it typically happens in bursts.
  • When you avoid conflict, you’re just creating another conflict later on.
  • When you take someone else’s idea, it typically will not be executed well.
  • One of the best things a leader can do is to fall on his/her sword when it’s needed.
  • Leaders are going to make mistakes. They need to own it.
  • Many leaders are so eager to lead that they fail to listen.
  • Different perspectives often make for a healthier and more robust decision.

The ten traits of bad pastor bosses we discuss are:

  1. Micromanagement.
  2. Avoiding conflict.
  3. Avoiding making decisions.
  4. Stealing credit.
  5. Shifting blame.
  6. Hoarding information.
  7. Failing to listen.
  8. Setting a poor example.
  9. Having a poor work ethic.
  10. Not developing staff.

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