10 Signs of a Desperate Leader

Be confident that God will go before you every single step of the way. Nothing reveals the true you like the challenges of life itself.

Here are 10 signs of a desperate leader:

DLs hold too many meetings.

Meetings are an important aspect to leading. Hebrews 10:25 tells us we should “not forsake the gathering of ourselves together”. If you think of all the meetings that are held through the church- the number can be staggering.

DLs preside over a tense and stressful atmosphere.

A desperate leader can sense the ship is unsteady and push people harder, when the best thing to do is relax. Take some pressure off, strive a little less and it is amazing how the ship will right itself.

DLs create too many crises.

Why feed the fire that just needs to be snuffed out? Desperate leaders crave the crisis and will fan the flames. If it is not truly a crisis, don’t make it one.

DLs oversee too much confrontation.

When a leader is struggling, they find themselves in constant confrontation. Some find confrontation easy, but do not consider the damage being done as a result.

DLs have too many sleepless nights.

“Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” —Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)

An occasional sleepless night is not a healthy way to live or lead. The psalmist says Psalm 16:7: “My heart instructs me in the night seasons…I have set the Lord always before me.” If Christ is our focus, then our sleep can be swee t(Psalm 127.2). Stressed and overly anxious leaders might not be living in that promise.

DLs make too many changes.

Are you constantly changing the focus or following trends? The most resilient churches have consistency- people trust the direction that their leader is taking.

DLs make too many positional switches.

As a leader, you need to strive for consistency within your organization. Desperate leaders make constant positional switches among their team, slowing progress and momentum.

DLs are far too involved in every minute detail.

DELEGATE! And trust those whom you delegate items to.

DLs suffer from decision-freeze.

Decision making meetings without a decision wastes everyone’s time and energy. Sometimes, any decision is better than none at all. A desperate leader sometimes shows signs of fear-induced procrastination and indecisiveness.

DLs put their heads in the sand.

You don’t want to lead like an ostrich with you head in the sand. You want your team to arm you to stay ahead of the curve by giving you the necessary information. Nothing gets better by ignoring it.