3 Common Emotional Mistakes Leaders Make

ChurchLeaders | 9/20/2019 | Staff
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Sometimes being a leader feels like living in two different worlds as leaders must think about the future while also executing today. And then there are the emotional mistakes leaders make, as being a leader often requires leading with two emotions at once. Leaders often must grieve the loss of something while also holding to hope for the future. They carry a deep burden while also being filled with joy for the opportunity. They address problems with sober-mindedness while also rejoicing that good things are happening.

As I have grieved the loss of ending one season of ministry and rejoiced in the beginning of another, I have thought a lot about the tension of leading with two emotions at once. And of the emotional mistakes leaders are prone to make.

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Here are three common emotional mistakes leaders make.

It is not healthy to ignore an emotion because it will likely surface later without the benefit of processing and learning from it in the season. For example, if a leader buries and ignores grief—the grief can manifest in unhealthy ways. Or if a leader ignores the joy of leading because the leader worries that celebrating will take too much time away from work, the leader can easily create an unhealthy culture.

Tension - Excitement - Assignment - Fear - Team

My current tension has been this: I have been tempted to minimize my excitement about my new assignment for fear of being disrespectful and dishonoring to my current team. In the same way...
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