How difficult is it for Christian leaders to end well? I will try not to be too cynical. Many years ago, I attended a young adults retreat. The speaker shared with the ragtag group of college students gathered at Fort Huachuka army base that the odds are against finishing well as Christians. I don't remember … Continue reading Good Leadership Gone Bad
A fundamental character trait of good leaders is humility. However, the church continues to create more James MacDonalds, James Bakkers, Mark Driscolls, Bill Hybels, Jerry Falwell Jrs....etc.
What should be second nature to Christian organizations has, in some ways, been purloined by business leadership. Teamwork.
Despite the crazy dad, Dave Marks' thoughts are helpful for understanding the toxic work environment...or really, any conflict.
It all started so well. A good looking and humble guy. The first book of Kings describes King Solomon as a godly man. He "loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father." And if that wasn't clear enough, when asked by the Lord what his desire was, his response was to ask … Continue reading Solomon: From Riches to Rags
Daniel lost his job, but as he noted, "The real abuse was not in being fired unjustly [which he was], but in [Pastor Jim] having to control the narrative in every situation...the manipulation, gas lighting, and his constant need to fight."
There are a number of indicators of abusive leadership and it is important to be able to diagnose toxic leadership and root it out from your organization. Because it will kill your organization.
Unfortunately, it is not unusual for those who work for Christian organizations to fall under the destructive leadership of an autocratic boss. As Christians we often have the tendency to believe suffering is a necessary sign of following Christ. But, autocratic bosses should be stopped, not coddled. “Self-serving leaders use the trust and authority that … Continue reading The Autocrat: The Destruction of a Good Team
Organizational Head Honchos are encouraging a toxic environment when they "gag" their employees.
Ethan said there were red flags he should have seen, and to this day, several years later, lives with a certain guilt that he failed in his calling.