Effective Leaders Confront Quickly

Wouldn't you tell someone right away if they had spinach caught in their teeth?
Wouldn't you tell someone right away if they had spinach caught in their teeth? (Flickr)

I have a great friend.

I know this to be true because he is quick to tell me things no one else would tell me. If I have spinach in my teeth, even for a moment, he will tell me. I hate looking in the mirror and seeing a leafy vegetable waving back at me.

But the pain of seeing the tree in my teeth pales in comparison to my thoughts of all the people I've encountered since lunch ... those who didn't care enough to share the obvious truth.

Leaders must be willing to confront.

Weak leaders put-off speaking the truth and allow an issue to develop barnacles. Quick confrontation about an error in performance is life giving. Hearing a leader say, "you've been doing this wrong for the last month," is debilitating and trust busting.  

Corrective confrontation builds trust.

Jesus confronted the woman at the well after she declared she had no husband. He said "... you have had five husbands and whom you now have is not your husband." I wonder how many leaders today, armed with such knowledge, would be as loving to confront. Do you believe the woman's life was changed by confrontation?

No one likes to be confronted. But we all need someone in our life to care enough to confront.

What a friend we have in Jesus.

(Thanks to Pastor Shaddy at Lake Mary Church for inspiring me to conclude that confrontation builds trust.)

Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, is now available.

Leaders, Dr. Greene wants to help you understand the spiritual connection between relationships and productivity. Read his new blog, here.

Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Dr. Steve Greene is now sharing stories, teachings, and conversations with guests who lead with love on Love Leads, a new podcast. Listen now.

Dr. Mark Rutland's

National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)

The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!

FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.

Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.

The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.

Charisma Leader — Serving and empowering church leaders