10 Things That Currently Frustrate Me As A Leader
Have you ever just wanted to vent?Â I mean to just let it all out.Â In the blog world, we call this “a rant”.Â Well, if I could have your permission and grace, I am about to be transparent and have a rant about the things that frustrate me as a leader.
Leadership is absolutely wonderful.Â It is.Â There is an incredible sense of exhilaration whenÂ livesÂ are changedÂ and vision becomes reality.Â It really is great to be a leader.Â However, leadership can also be extraordinarily frustrating.
The following are 10 things that absolutely frustrate me as a leader:
- It frustrates me when vision is not clear and compelling.
- It frustrates me when it is obvious whatÂ needs toÂ be done but it appears I am the only one that sees it.
- It frustrates me when people in our churches are not allowed to soar due to policies and procedures.
- It frustrates me when peopleÂ take credit rather than give credit to others.
- It frustrates me when there is a lack of financial resources.Â I will add to this – it frustrates me when churches are literally broke.
- It frustrates me when meetings accomplishÂ nothing.
- It frustrates me when I have a lot of projects going but none of themÂ completed in my timeline.Â In other words, loose ends frustrate me.
- It frustrates me when things that are supposed to work, break.
- It frustrates me when I do not know what to do.
- And worst of all, it frustrates me that these things frustrate me.Â Â Â
That last one is the toughÂ because the hard truth is that the thing that frustrates me most as a leader – IS ME!Â Most times I feel like my own worst enemy.Â
Why do things frustrate me so much?Â I mean, I’m 46 years old and haveÂ been in various forms of leadership for 25 years.Â I’m not a novice.Â I know thatÂ vision isn’t always clear.Â I know people, especially myself,Â make mistakes.Â I knowÂ money comes and goes.Â I know thatÂ most meetings are a waste of time and that things break at the most inopportune times.Â So why then do I let these things frustrate me?Â I should know better.
It’s funny, I have gone through a repentive process just writing this post.Â I started out frustrated with everything and everyone.Â Now I just feel frustrated with myself.Â Â I am so glad that repentance trumps frustration because that is what I currentlyÂ want and need.
I should have more patience.Â I should love people more.Â I should realize that process is a good thing.Â I should not be so selfish.Â I should remember how God uses my “waiting” in incredible ways.Â I should know better.
Because of repentance, I am in the process of replacing frustration with gratitude for the great things in my life.Â I hope my feelings of gratitude last for a long time because I do have much to be thankful for.Â Â Â Â
There isÂ a leader(s) reading this post who isÂ currently veryÂ frustrated.Â I’m speaking right to where you are at.Â I understand your journeyÂ because I have been there.Â All leaders have.Â Just don’t stay there.
I repeat – Just don’t stay there.
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