Scream At Me!

imagesAllow people to scream at you!!

Leaders fail for many reasons.  Sometimes they fail in large, public, embarrassing ways and people say, “I told you so!”.  Sometimes they fail in small, insignificant ways and people say, “How in the world did that happen?”

Let me suggest seven things to have your spouse or your friends watch for as you serve as a leader. Give them permission to scream out when they see any one of these in you, because it will lead to failure.

1. When you start using people and cherishing things. When you get those two turned around. When you only have time for people who can do something for you.

2. When you shield yourself from the people you serve by putting layers of people between you that they have to get past to see you. When you become too important to be available to the people. When you refuse to talk with someone.

3. When you need to take your special people with you if you go somewhere, people you just can’t get along without. Your entourage. The people who serve you and make you feel good.

4. When you stop laughing. When everything becomes serious. When you can’t allow yourself to make mistakes and need to blame someone for every failure.

5. When no one can please you. When you find fault in everything anyone does except you. When you stop appreciating other people.

6. When you are too important to do the little things. When you are really offended when they ask.

7. When you stop learning and become the expert. When you talk more than you listen. When you see yourself as the only one who really knows or understands.

When any of these start dwelling in your heart and come out in your leadership style, you are on your way to failure.  It’s not too late if you are willing to get back in touch with why you became a leader and what your purpose is, if you are willing to see yourself as a servant/leader.

The scream of a friend may save your leadership!


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

Posted in Leadership Coaching, Personal Leadership


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