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.

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?

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