Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast S04E09]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces.

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Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What I learned from Billy Graham about entitlement and gratitude.
  • Why the more successful you are as a leader, the more you are susceptible to certain temptations.
  • Why leaders are tempted to put themselves last in the one thing they need most—and what that is.
  • One attitude President Richard Nixon demonstrated that will undermine your leadership the second you give it room.
  • How not to respond to criticism, plus one trick Luci Swindoll uses to handle naysayers.
  • Why you can’t believe your own press—and an effective way to keep yourself in check.
  • That leadership is not an entitlement; it’s not even something you earn. It’s a gift you’re intended to give.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What is the toughest temptation you face as a leader? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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