“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking that they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

I have been blessed to be able to serve in a number of growing churches. We were at our best when we remembered why we were there and didn’t get sidetracked – basically fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We were at our worst when – instead of simply being faithful and doing our best – we got cocky and started thinking that the growth was because of us. “Success,” at least in it’s worldly definition, can do that to you in the blink of an eye…

I have found that it also sometimes seduces people into thinking not only that they can’t lose, but that they are good at everything. Individuals who have had success in a certain area suddenly start thinking that their opinions on ANYTHING carry significant weight – even if they have no experience or expertise in the topic being discussed. It’s ego, pure and simple – and of a particularly childish type. There’s a premise out there that a good leader will be good at leading, regardless of the context. I understand the thought process, but I don’t buy it. Think about it – will a great football coach automatically be great at leading an accounting firm, or vice versa? Of course not – they need to understand the hows and whys of their particular area. The ability to inspire and motivate people is incredibly important, of course – but you need to know where you’re going and how to get there, as well. More on this in the days to come…

You need to understand the areas that you’re leading.

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