The Seven Deadly Sins of Leadership

Leadership is a calling.

"We are the bibles the world is reading. 
We are the creeds the world is needing. 
We are the sermons the world is heeding."
-Billy Graham

“that by making these traps explicit we could help leaders avoid falling into them.”

The Leadership Sin of PRIDE

The problem comes when leaders believe themselves so special that ordinary rules no longer apply. Generalized pride can easily lead to the other six.

The Leadership Sin of LUST

There is unfortunately a feeling among some leaders that they have ‘arrived’ and are ‘entitled

The Leadership Sin of GREED

The sin of greed is a sin of excess. It frequently starts with power. Leaders have power, and unfortunately having power has a tendency to lead to corruption if the leader isn’t careful.

The Leadership Sin of SLOTH

For the leader, the sin of sloth is associated with an unwillingness to act. More often, it is an unwillingness to do work the leader considers beneath the dignity of the office.

The Leadership Sin of WRATH

This sin has to do with uncontrolled anger. There is a time for anger in leadership when it serves a definite and useful purpose.

The Leadership Sin of ENVY

The leader is envious of what is enjoyed by someone else. This may cause a leader to attempt to destroy another’s reputation, or to feel better by lowering the status of another.

The Leadership Sin of GLUTTONY

We typically associate gluttony with food, but it applies to excessive consumption of any kind. Executive hyper-compensation was an accurate example.

"The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." 
John 10:10