(Ron Edmondson) I have frequently preached on the danger of pride. If you follow this blog, you know I tend to think a great deal about leadership. I have a heart for developing good leadership in the church and in ministry. As I wrestle through this particular biblical subject, I always think about places I see pride creep into leadership—even my own leadership. If we are not careful, our attempt at good leadership will be derailed by the pride of our hearts. Remember, “Pride goes before destruction”. (Proverbs 16:18) Have you ever known (or been) a proud leader?

Here are 7 dangers of prideful leadership:

1. Refusing to listen to advice from others – Proud leaders “know it all”. Of course, not really, but it’s often their perception of reality. Pride causes people to want you to believe they know more than they actually do. Sadly, their attempt to perpetuate the perception of superiority causes them to ignore the wisdom of others.

2. Making excuses for mistakes – Proud leaders refuse to admit their errors. They scoff at any insinuation a mistake was theirs and refuse ownership of the team’s failures. It’s always someone else’s fault when goals aren’t reached, mistakes are made or momentum stalls. They don’t learn from times of failure—they try to hide them.

3. Protecting position at any cost – Proud leaders try to keep others from gaining power or influence. They limit people’s exposure and stifle leadership development. They tend to curtail information and keep power within an arms length of their control. READ MORE