September 27, 2005 Tony M.

10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader

I’ve been watching people a lot recently. Some in person. Some on TV. I’ve been looking for signs of leadership. You need to know, I’m surrounded by great leaders. Because of that, I know what leadership looks like. You also need to know that I fall in the group that believes God has gifted some to be leaders. Which means some have gifts that don’t include leadership. And, that’s a good thing. We need a great mix of gifts to have an impact in ministry or in any organization. It would be bad if we only had leaders.

As I’ve been watching for leaders to emerge these last several weeks, though, I’ve noticed that there are several types of people. Some are genuine leaders. Some are in leadership positions, but they aren’t really leaders. Some aren’t in a leadership position but think they should be. All of this has got me thinking about leadership, and, well, signs that indicate you’re not really a leader. You may be able to help me add and subtract from this list. Here are the:

10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader

  1. You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish your vision.
  2. You think you need to be in charge to have influence.
  3. You’re content.
  4. You tend to foster division instead of generating a helpful dialogue.
  5. You think you need to say something to be heard.
  6. You find it easier to blame others for your circumstances than to take responsibility for solutions.
  7. It’s been some time since you said, “I messed up.”
  8. You’re driven by the task instead of the relationships and the vision.
  9. Your dreams are so small, people think they can be achieved.
  10. No one is following you.

Like I said, there are probably others that you can add to the list to improve it. Maybe you can help me do that. Let’s be on the lookout for leaders. What sets them apart?

Comments (22)

  1. Thanks for that post!
    I love them becasue they often come at times when I need to ehar that stuff or be reminded of something. You should write a book or something!

  2. You are NOT a leader when….

    Tony Morgan offered this interesting post called, 10 Easy Ways to Know you are Not a Leader. Check it out. Here are my favorites: 1 You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish your vision. 9

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    You think you need to be in charge to have influence.
    You’re co…

  4. Ten Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader

    1. You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish your vision. 2. You think you need to be in charge to have influence. 3. You’re content. 4. You tend to foster division instead of generating a

  5. 10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader

    How do you know whether you are really a leader? Someone has said to be a leader there needs to be people following you. Makes sense. But are there recognizable indicators that you’re NOT a leader…really? Here’s a great post

  6. Are You A Leader?

    Kevin Cawley (Sufjan Stevens’ Aficionado) has found a nice list (from Tony Morgan) on leadership that rings true to me. Ten Easy Ways To Know You Are Not A Leader. 1. You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money

  7. # .5: Assuming you can do it with a model, principles, charisma, or intellect and never stopping to ask how you can join God in what He’s building. (To lead you have to be a good follower of the Spirit)

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    Link: tony morgan | one of the simply strategic guys: 10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader. 10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader 1. You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish

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    Tony Morgan hits the nail on the head as he lays out 10 easy ways to know you’re not a a leader. I read the title to this post on another blog and immediately got ready to write a flamer…

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    Tony Morgan hits the nail on the head as he lays out 10 easy ways to know you’re not a leader. I read the title to this post and immediately got ready to write a flamer of a review. I…

  11. I believe this to be a good little list to enable leaders help take stock of where they are at and reassess their direction – and not get caught up in a loss of vision, responsibility and relationships.
    I might add a few more to the list:

    11. You are disconnected from the Spirit of God.
    12. You don’t take time to really listen to what others are saying.
    13. No time to invest in developing other leaders.
    14. You are increasingly making independent decisions.

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    Choosing the qualities that make a good leader is a monumental task and can be very confusing at times. It all boils down to personal choice; it is like having to choose between Sprite and 7-Up on a hot day when what you actually want is a Coke. Tony M…

  13. 10 ways to be a better leader.

    MIchael Hyatt recently quoted Tony Morgan on a post titled 10 Easy Ways to Know Youre Not a Leader. At first I was very interested, and then I realized that the post was really pretty disappointing.
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  14. Hey Tony, just wanted to say that this is one of my favorite posts of all time. I read this a long time ago and have been coming back consistently to re-examine myself against this list. I’m re-posting it on my site to share with my friends as well on http://www.VinceGolangco.com.

    Do you think there’s anything you could add to this list now?

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