You have built a company that is doing well.
You lead a team that is operating smoothly.
You run a division that is meeting goals.
But as you lay your head on your pillow, you have that nagging concern that something bad could be just around the corner.
Is there a force close at hand that could destroy you? Of course, there are a thousand seen and unforeseen factors that could prove to be obstacles to growth.
But the deeper fear for every leader and boss is this: Am I potentially the problem? Am I potentially the risk?
The answer from Scripture is clear. Yes.
It’s possible that the greatest risk to the effort you are leading is you.
And here is the reason why: The very characteristics you think define leadership are the same characteristics that could destroy you.
Here’s the upside down business idea: Your reasons for wanting leadership may be what ultimately make you unqualified for it.
Let me offer three questions to help you look at your leadership correctly. (If you want to get the most accurate diagnosis, I would encourage you to ask a mentor or a coach to help you answer these questions.)
Has your leadership role made you proud or has it humbled you?
You have wanted to be a boss, a CEO, or a pastor for as long as you can remember. So when you got the opportunity, you may have seen it as recognition of your prowess rather than a mantle to be carried with caution and discernment.
This is not to say that you didn’t deserve your new position or that you should turn it down, (but maybe you should) but if that new role breeds arrogance in your heart, then you may be headed for ruin.
“Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 18:11)
Has your leadership role been an excuse to hide or camouflage laziness?
Leaders are sometimes in a unique position to mask their own poor work habits. They are often shielded from complaints that they are unproductive or useful. A healthy leader should be more engaged, more productive and more helpful to those around him than before she stepped into that position.
But a person who is unqualified for leadership uses her role to mask a lazy or fearful work ethic.
“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.” (Proverbs 18:9)
Has your leadership role made you less willing to hear and embrace the wise counsel of other leaders in your life?
One of the most common traits of leadership turned sour is the boss who rejects and avoids wise counsel. Is your management marked by hearing and embracing others’ insight?
Don’t let your leadership role persuade you of the false notion that your ideas are better than those you manage simply because you now sit in the corner office.
“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” (Proverbs 18:1-2)