GLS14 – Patrick Lencioni
Founder and President, The Table Group
The Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make
These mistakes hurt people. They leave collateral damage.
1) We become a leader for the wrong reason.
Money, fame, notoriety
Right reason: Want to sacrifice themselves for the good of others even when they don’t’ know that there’ll be any return on their investment.
I’m kind of tired of hearing about servant leadership because there really is no other kind.
2) Failing to embrace vulnerability.
When we do that we destroy trust with those we lead.
We communicate to our team that they shouldn’t be vulnerable either.
I don’t think you can be too vulnerable as a leader.
There’s a difference between confident and vulnerable.
When we fail to embrace vulnerability, they will not trust us.
You’ve got to be human.
If you’re not interested in getting better, it’s time to not be a leader.
There is real cost when we don’t lead with vulnerability.
3) Making leadership too important
Most of the time when we’re thinking about leadership, we’re thinking about work. If we make it too important, our identity can get wrapped up in being a leader. Our identity gets out of order.
It’s all about PRIDE.
My success as a leader is being completely docile to the will of God.