When Pride Derails Leadership
Does your leadership team have the freedom to speak into your life?
Jon Brown—pastor of Sandals Church in Riverside, California, and previous owner of 24 Carrots Catering and Events—recognizes that leaders can become so blinded by pride in their company that they risk losing a client or having other negative long-term effects on the organization.
In this video, he discusses the need for leaders to have a team around them who have the freedom to “speak the truth” and provide a fresh perspective.
Issues do come up with clients there are things that happen and I can be so entrenched in defending my company that I don't see the long-term effect in that, and that's losing a client. So my pride, I need to set up on a table somewhere sometime, eat some crow and be able to say to a client or whatever the situation is, "I'm willing to come to the table even if I feel like I'm right," and deal with something for the long term effect of it.
My leadership team has the ability to speak into my life, I allow them that latitude to say, "Jon, I'm not so sure that's the right way to go, I need you to really look at this", and so sometimes I can't see my own pride, again I'm blinded at that point but my business partner sees it, or some people around me see it and they have the permission to point that out. I have had my vice president call me out on things, didn't like it, but I'm certainly not going to get angry about it, maybe in the moment, but I've often driven away, thought about it, come back and said, "You're absolutely right. You're absolutely right."
Jon Brown is pastor of Sandals Church in Riverside, California, and previous owner of 24 Carrots Catering and Events.
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