July 1st, 2012 by Gallagher John 2 Comments

A big thanks to Mark Roach at Carolina Forest Community Church for his message today about Jonah.  He challenged me and made me think about some of the potential pitfalls of leadership.  Most of you know the story of Jonah and the whale from childhood Bible studies; however, as a leader, you need to be aware of this story and how could affect your career.

Here are 4 behaviors that Jonah exhibited that you must not as a leader or risk ending up in the belly of a whale, thus, losing your ability to lead:

1) Believe you are smarter than everyone else – Are you a leader that feels you have to be smarter than everyone else?  You must learn to utilize your team members in the areas of their expertise, equip them, and allow them the opportunity to thrive.  An insecure leader will not last long.

2) Hide from problems – I know the saying…”If I ignore this problem, it will go away.”.  It really should say “I am afraid to address this head on so I will jsut put my head in the sand and hope that it goes away.”

3) Play favorites – A sure way to alienate your team is to play favorites with some members.  This is a guaranteed de-motivator.  This is not to say that you don’t recognize top-performers in a different way, but be consistent.

4) Put your reputation above that of your team – Do you find yourself looking to place blame when problems occur, rather than take responsibility for your team’s actions?  Protecting yourself will eventually lead to a quick slide into the belly of the whale.  Just ask those at Penn State.

Which one of these behaviors do you struggle with the most?

  • Stan Buck

    Good stuff bro – thanks for passing this sermon outline on to another preacher!

    (And the leadership advice to a learning leader!)

  • Thanks, Stan.