6 Reasons People Pleasing Hurts Your Leadership

ChurchLeaders | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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People pleasing is common among leaders in the local church.

People pleasing is when you lead in such a way that you attempt to keep everyone happy. You receive affirmation and therefore feel good.


The congregation is happy, so they feel good; seems harmless enough.

But the ill-gained affirmation you receive will hurt you and your leadership over the long-haul. And of course, you can’t keep everyone happy even if that was a good idea.

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You will end up exhausted, and some of the followers that are happy with you at the moment will turn against you the first time you attempt to make a tough decision that doesn’t go to their liking.

It’s not always that dramatic, but the day-to-day idea still functions in the same manner.

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It’s not unhealthy for you to enjoy knowing that the people you serve are happy. It’s natural to want people to enjoy working with you. And it’s normal for you to want people to like you.

The healthy place that comes from is a desire to serve and help people grow.

People - People - Faith

It becomes dangerous when you want people to approve of you more than you genuinely want to help people grow and mature in their faith.

People pleasing usually comes from insecurity and often results in a performance trap.

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The performance trap is a condition where you work very hard to please others and gain their approval. The trap is that you can never do enough, and again, you can never make everyone happy all the time.

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Trap - Others - Security - Christ

The trap includes feeling good about yourself when others approve of you, rather than finding your security in Christ.

6 practical reasons people pleasing hurts your leadership:

Truth - Scripture

1) You may pull back on lighten up on the truth in Scripture.

It’s not uncommon for a people-pleasing leader to pull back on communicating the truth in God’s word,...
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