10 Indicators You’ve Stopped Growing as a Leader

Leaders who stop growing lose their edge as a leader. They become stale, even if others may not readily recognize it. See if your life reflects any of these indications that you’ve stopped growing as a leader:

  1. You can talk about nothing new about God and His grace. It’s not that God is changing, but that you’re stuck in your growth. Everything seems just like it was this time last year.
  2. You’ve read no new books in the last six months. It might be because you’re busy, but it may also be because you aren’t pushing yourself to learn through the discipline of reading.
  3. You are preaching and teaching “re-runs.” It’s just easier to pull something out of the files than it is to develop something new – especially if your growth is stunted.
  4. You haven’t recently tackled any “God-sized” challenges. Nothing you’re doing is forcing you to your knees because only God can get it done. Stale leaders tackle nothing this large.
  5. You haven’t shared the gospel with anyone in months. Typically, this omission (and ultimately, disobedience. . .) happens when we’ve lost our passion—when the mundane has become the routine.  
  6. All of your stories of God’s work in your life are past tense stories. You can talk about God’s goodness, but your testimony focuses more on yesterday than on today.  
  7. You tend to avoid people who differ from you. When you spend all your time with people who agree with you about most stuff, you’re not likely to be pushed much.
  8. You’ve lost your energy and passion for the work. You go to work, but only because somebody expects you to show up. It’s not because love of your work wakes you up in the morning.
  9. You no longer seek mentors. Mentors challenge us, stretch us, push us, mold us. Leaders who don’t have mentors often have little accountability for growth—and thus less reason to grow.
  10. You just know you’re not growing. You don’t need any of these other indicators; your own honest evaluation makes it clear. 

What other indicators come to mind for you? 

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