Pride + Leader= Disaster —  January 2, 2013

There is nothing wrong with being a confident person. In fact, a truly confident person will be smart enough to recognize that he doesn’t know it all, can’t do it all, and needs the help of God and other people to be successful. Being teachable and admitting our mistakes is not a sign of weakness but of true strength. Pride leads to failure in the following ways:

            1. Hard to live with. No one likes a know-it-all. I don’t even think that type of person likes himself! The greater the pride, the harder it is for others to relate to him. Pride damages relationships with others like this:

·        It makes you act superior, alienating others.

·        It makes you incapable of admitting wrongs, frustrating others.

·        It makes you a person who does not listen well, distancing others.

            Pride is rooted in a distorted view of self. Some people with a low self-image try to overcompensate by acting in prideful ways. This only serves to distance them from others, especially from loved ones.

            2. Harder to be blessed. One of the fastest ways of stopping your life’s momentum is to believe your own press clippings. The temptation to take some of God’s glory for yourself, even if it is disguised in pious statements, will carry grave consequences. God will not share His glory with us. If you sense that momentum has slowed down or stopped in your life, one of the first questions I would ask is the following: Is God getting all the glory? Sometimes I have heard people blame the devil for their lack of personal growth and success, when in fact it could be God who is slowing them down. Maybe it’s just me, but with all the opposition we can face these days, do we need to add God to that list? I think not.

            3. Hardest to follow. You may be a leader. An effective leader admits he does not know everything. Followers want to feel that they are contributing to the overall well-being of the company/organization. A prideful attitude alienates followers and fosters discontent and turnover. Healthy leaders have the ability to recognize that they don’t know it all, and they surround themselves with people who can make up for those deficiencies.

            Admitting your weakness makes your leadership stronger. “Never let them see you sweat” is a good slogan for a deodorant but not for a leader. A leader once said, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers” (Proverbs 11:14).

            I’m a sports fanatic. I follow the Cowboys, the Yankees, and any soccer team that is not Argentina. One of the key questions professional athletes have to ask themselves is, “When should I retire?” Very seldom do you see a professional athlete realize by themselves that the time has come, without the help of being benched or cut from the team. The reason? Pride. It’s very hard to admit that you can’t do it anymore. There’s somebody younger, faster, and better than you. Pride clouds and distorts the true picture of yourself, which is why it’s important to surround yourselves with “no” men, not just “yes men.”

            Today, listen to God speaking to you and telling you

·        You have nothing to prove. Love Me instead.

·        You cannot impress Me. Worship Me instead.

·        You don’t know. Trust Me instead.

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