Are you a 'Frustrating Leader'?

Do you frustrate your team?

Perhaps your the pastor of a large church, or supervise a large team.  Do your team members find you frustrating?

Or maybe your the pastor of a smaller church.  How does your board find working with you?  Is the relationship frustrating to them?

My friend Brian Dodd recently posted a list of the 10 characteristics of leaders who frustrate the heck out of people.  See if you fit any of the characteristics:

  1. The Most Frustrating Leaders Are Not Available
  2. The Most Frustrating Leaders Do Not Put In The Proper Amount Of Effort
  3. The Most Frustrating Leaders Have A Lack Of Production In Critical Moments
  4. The Most Frustrating Leaders Constantly Make Poor Decisions
  5. The Most Frustrating Leaders Create Too Much Drama
  6. The Most Frustrating Leaders Lack Self-Awareness
  7. The Most Frustrating Leaders Are Selfish
  8. The Most Frustrating Leaders Lack Personal Discipline
  9. The Most Frustrating Leaders Are High Maintenance
  10. The Most Frustrating Leaders Constantly Make Excuses

So… how did you do?

To tell you the truth.  I wouldn’t expect you to be able to answer that question.  (We all have a little problem with #6).

So… if you have the courage… show this list to someone on your team today… someone you trust (and someone that you won’t retaliate on!) Ask them how you’re doing. Ask them, point blank, how frustrating it is to work with you.

If you’re a good leader, you’ll appreciate the input and transparency from your team.

If you’re not a good leader, you, in fact will find THIS exercise to be very frustrating. (How ironic)

I encourage you to read this.




  • Brian Dodd April 21, 2014 Reply


    Thank you for highlighting my post. The work you are doing is incredible!

    If you ever need anything, just let me know.


  • Jim April 28, 2014 Reply

    I would also add a leader who micromanages everyone and everything, and shows he doesn’t trust individuals who also have responsibilities.

  • BART April 30, 2014 Reply

    #11 The most frustrating leaders don’t have someone to share this list with that will be honest with them.

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