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Leading With A Limp

March 28, 2013

“We should bless men and women who have done their level best to escape leadership but who have been compelled to return and put their hands on the tiller. We should expect anyone who remains in a formal leadership context to experience repeated bouts of flight, doubt, surrender, and return. Here is one reason: the reluctant leader is not easily seduced by power, pride, or ambition.”

“God loves reluctant leaders and, even better, he loves reluctant leaders who know they are frightened, confused, and broken.”

The preceding quotes come from Dan Allender’s Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness.

I have found myself attempting to share similar ideas. I’ve always said a leader who is eager for position and power, does not really comprehend what leadership is all about. That person has a glorified, false perception of the job and the price it carries.

Are you a Narcissistic Leader?

The first response all of us have is, “Who me?  No way.”

But upon closer examination, all of us may have shadows of narcissism hiding in our hearts, much like pride and greed.

I’ve been reading a fantastic book recently by Dan Allender entitled, Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness

Its main message is the best leaders are often the ones who are a bit reluctant. Leaders who acknowledge their shortcomings and weaknesses are those whom succeed.

Allender defines narcissistic leaders within a broad spectrum ranging from a cruel and powerful person, who seeks to win at any cost to the introverted, elite perfectionist. Narcissism comes in all shapes and sizes.

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He offers a “test” or questions to ponder for signs of narcissism. It’s so good, I’ve decided to share it with you.