6 Dangers of Self-Appointed Leaders

6 Dangers of Self-Appointed Leaders

Malcolm Webber is one of my favorite authors. In one of my favorite books of his, Healthy Leaders, he draws insight from a self-appointed leader named Korah described in the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapters 16-17. I’ve paraphrased these dangers below and contrasted them with 6 qualities of true God-appointed leaders.

Self-appointed leaders…

  1. … resist existing spiritual authority (Numbers 16.2).
  2. … criticize and question existing leaders (Numbers 16.1).
  3. … accuse other leaders of what they themselves are guilty (Numbers 16.3).
  4. … aren’t satisfied with the positions they hold. They push for greater authority and position (Numbers 16.10).
  5. … murmur against leadership that God has appointed (Numbers 16.11).
  6. … ultimately face God’s judgement (Numbers 16.31-35).

God-appointed leaders…

  1. … willing submit to existing authority (Daniel 3:16-18).
  2. … when issues and questions arise, they appropriately appeal up the chain of command and go to their leaders in private and in person (Matthew 18.15)
  3. … avoid a judgmental spirit (Matthew 7.1-5)
  4. … wait on God to promote them (God called Moses at the appointed time - Exodus 3)
  5. … only speak well of their leaders whether to their faces, behind their backs, or in the presence of others (Ephesians 4.29).
  6. … lead with the eternal goal in mind to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25.21).

God-appointed leaders lead with an eternal goal.

Of these two lists, which one most characterizes your leadership? If the first list does, what changes do you need to make so that list two most characterizes you?

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Charles Stone

Both my wife Sherryl and I have a heart for pastors and pastors’ wives. We’ve taught hundreds of pastors and their wives in the United States, Canada, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Mexico.

I earned an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I’m completing another masters degree in neuroleadership. I’m also an avid Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fan.

I’ve been professionally trained in these areas by these organizations:

Life Coaching through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute
Strategic Planning through Ministry Advantage (certified)
Vision Clarity through the Church Unique Process (certified)
Conflict Management through Peacemakers
I’m the author of 4 books – Daughters Gone Wild – Dads Gone Crazy (Thomas Nelson, 2007), 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them (Bethany House Publishers, 2010), People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership (Inter-Varsity Press, January 2014), and my brand new book, Brain-Savvy Leadership: the Science of Significant Ministry (Abingdon, 2015).