10 Warnings for Those Who Seek to be Senior Leaders

I have a few warnings for those who want to be a senior leader.

I should probably first say, should you choose to do so, I’ll be one of your cheerleaders. I’ve been in a senior leadership position most of my career. Some days – many days – I would rather someone else had the role. I know I would not be satisfied long-term. I think some are called to senior leadership – or at least wired for it. (And, if God has called you to it He will equip you for it.) I certainly love to encourage those who serve in this way. And, it is hopefully seen as a privilege and service.

But, I do have a few warnings, before or as you take the leap of faith into the realm of senior leadership.

Don’t Agree to Be the Senior Leader Unless…

You are ready to lead alone at times. And, with much of this platform I encourage people to build by consensus and include others in decision-making, but there will be times you’ll have to stand for the right thing. You may not be alone, but it will often feel like you are.

You aren’t striving for popularity. I like what someone said, “If you want to be popular go sell ice cream.” You must know every decision you make will be unpopular to someone. Every decision.

You can make the hard decisions. You have to be able to make the call when know one else will – even the ones involving people or conflict.

You will try to see all sides of an issue. Because there will be a multiple of opinions and viewpoints. You don’t have to agree with all of them and shouldn’t, but you do need to be able to consider the voice of others to lead them.

You are comfortable with change. In my opinion it would be difficult to l as at the senior level if you were one who resists change and thinking outside the box.

You are okay when others receive credit. You must be able to view your success as the success of others you lead – even when we get get credit for something you initiated.

You can delegate. You have to be able to give away authority and truly empower people – believing things are better when other people have power to make decisions without your micromanagement.

You don’t let criticism derail you for long. If criticism stops stinging you’ve stopped being human, but you must stay committed to the task before you – even when arrows come. (And, they will.)

You can think beyond today. Leadership is helping others get where they aren’t currently but want or need to be. You must be able to envision a brighter tomorrow and enlist others to join you by casting an engaging vision.

You highly love and value people and their contributions. If its. It an act of serving others, don’t enter senior leadership. It’s just not fair to people otherwise.

And _________?

Senior leaders, share yours.

Related Posts

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have you Subscribed via RSS yet? Don't miss a post!

15 thoughts on “10 Warnings for Those Who Seek to be Senior Leaders

  1. When I saw the headline on this article, I immediately thought “be ready to do it alone,” and that was point number one, but I think of it in a slightly different way. The thing that makes you a leader is that you know where everyone needs to go and how to get them there. That means you have to be the one to walk at the front of the line and take the first steps. No one else can tell you the way to go, and you can’t depend on anyone else to cast the vision for you. That’s why they need a leader. If you can’t show them the way, maybe it isn’t your time to lead.

  2. Unless you are willing to remain engaged in consistent accountability toward Godly counsel -of a few wise -rather than what is comfortable. (Peers in the same boat) 🙂

  3. Thanks for another great post! I look forward to them.
    I would add, “Dont agree to be the senior leader, unless you KNOW that God called you to that position!”
    Sometimes knowing that I am called to do this is the only thing that gets me back up to do it again!! And helps me love every minute of it!! 😁

  4. First he has a servant heart, a listening ear, humble, who experienced frustration, but stands firm because of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not a novice, has only one wife in his life, loves his family, the body of Christ, fellow brethren and neighbor.

  5. Unless you are willing to allow failure. Unless you are willing to kill off "sacred cows". Unless you are willing to say "no" even when you want to say yes (or vice versa). Unless you are willing to support/stand up for your people. Unless you are willing to put people first, because they are people, not just because of what they can do for you.

  6. Unless you are willing to do the lowest of low jobs (scrubbing toilets, cleaning up after church suppers). This is where our pastor said he found leaders, and at the foot washing pan 😉 this is a good, accurate list. This blog has helped my hubby and I so much! It is the only blog he reads 🙂