Eric Geiger serves as a Senior Vice President at LifeWay Christian Resources , leading the Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary . Eric has authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the bestselling church leadership book, Simple Church. His latest releases are Designed to Lead and How to Ruin Your Life.
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Takeaways from the Episode
1. Pride Comes Before Destruction
Humility is key. C.S. Lewis says that pride is the great sin. We can see it other people but not in ourselves. Gratitude and humility are key to becoming a leader that pursues God’s heart. Recognizing that we don’t deserve anything we have, and acknowledging the fact that everything we have is from God, is a great benchmark to look for in your life and in others. When people are filled with awe and gratitude for what God has done for us, they’re able to walk more closely with God.
One of the common threads that lead to the fall of leaders is isolation. Leaders isolate themselves for many different reasons. Simply put, there are a whole lot of reasons why leaders run away from community. That’s why accountability becomes so key in growing as a leader. Healthy accountability is all about having healthy relationships with people who are NOT impressed by you. You need to be vulnerable and people need to be honest in order for you to become aware of your blind spots and work to eliminate them. A leader needs truthful, loving people around them.
3. How do You Find a Mentor and Accountability?
If you want someone to invest in you, you can completely overwhelm them by phoning or emailing with the simple question: “will you mentor me?” A far better way of going about it is to simply ask for a single meeting, “Can we meet to talk about (blank)?” Seek out mentors, but make it as easy as possible for the person to say yes. Ask for one meeting, not a year’s worth of meeting.
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