Internal and external challenges face every leader. These challenges cause leaders to question their ability, opportunity, position, and purpose in leadership.
Confidence in one’s ability diminishes when leaders experience failure, suffer discouragement, or they are harshly criticized by others.
When leaders face this challenge they need to approach each area carefully.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal” is the powerful thought expressed by Winston Churchill. Recognizing that the only time failure exists is when we give up helps us redirect our thinking when success is beyond our reach.
Suffering discouragement generally follows moments of failure. When discouragement takes root, if it is strong enough, we consider quitting. Learning how to overcome discouragement begins by evaluating the cause and seeking help to address it.
Criticism, even when harshly given, provides growth benefits if we are able to see them in this way. We cannot change the motives of those who criticize, but we can choose how we respond. Instead of “reacting,” we need to “act” appropriately as a spiritual leader.
While these are limited ideas, overcoming the challenge is possible. Seek to walk the right path.