13 ways to squash a leader

Under The Thumb-TmTips from Sam Metcalf to anyone out there who wants to keep a young. passionate, pioneering leader “under control”.

1. Force them to go to school 2. Give them too much money 3. Tell them all the reasons why something can’t be done. 4. Swamp them with paperwork and administration. 5. Give them people to lead who are excessively needy. 6. Limit their travel and keep them in mono-cultural contexts. 7. Consistently correct them when they are provocative or prophetic in their communication. 8. Make certain any initiative they take must go through multiple steps of approval. 9. Insert “conserve” and “maintain” into all their conversations. 10. Have someone who “gift projects” strong pastoral gifting supervise them. 11. Tell them to stay when they want to go. 12. Make certain they have plenty of rules and policies to live by. 13. Give them a precise, detailed, inflexible job description.

Jump over to undertheiceberg and add your suggestions to the list.

My suggestions would be: (1) Give them a challenge that is too easy and micro manage them. Or, (2) give them an impossible challenge and abandon them.

BTW: As a leader, Sam Metcalf is the exact opposite in real life to his list.

HT: Steve van Diest

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