Overconfident Church Leaders and Kabaragoya

Ahhhh… confidence.

It’s a great quality to have as a church leader. In fact, Hebrews 10:35 says that you should not “throw away your confidence, which has great reward.”

But I’ve seen more than a few ‘over-confident’ church leaders in my day.

Cocky.  Arrogent.  Egotistical. Confidence on steroids.

Have you ever fallen into this trap?

You think you know exactly how to do something as a leader.  In fact, it may be a cinch.  At least that’s what you think, until it slaps you in the face.

See this example, and see if you can sympathize:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZV5aP8fLRM

You think… ‘this is an easy one… I could do this in my sleep’.

Later you wake up to find out to find out that just wasn’t true.  You botched it. Bigtime.

Many young leaders, after a couple of small victories, feel invincible.

Then, the ‘kabaragoya’ happens.

It’s like someone threw ice water in your face.

It’s humiliating.

And necessary.

Because if you don’t have a few kabaragoya moments in your leadership life, you will grow into a leader that is consistently over-confident.  And over-confidence often brings it’s twin siblings along: manipulation and intimidation. (both of which are deadly as a church leader).

So… what was your ‘kabaragoya moment’?

How do you maintain the proper level of confidence as a leader without falling into the trap of over-confidence?

Think about it.

Todd

One Comments

  • DanO June 4, 2014 Reply

    Ouch. Tough life-lesson here.

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