7 Kinds of People You Should Never Let in Your Inner Circle

As we are becoming leaders, there are some things you learn instantly, and others you learn as you go. 

There are leaders you can watch and learn from and some times you will learn through trial and error. Leadership is a process.

Over the years and through much experience I can tell you that there are people in leadership positions that are limited in their leadership potential. They can only take you so far and when they have taken you as far as their limitations allow, you're left with finding someone to help you the rest of the way.

During the process of learning from others, there is always the task of "Chewing the Meat and spitting out the bone" Keeping what works and getting rid of the rest.

As a leader you should remember that, who you allow in your inner circle will determine your success.

I love the analogy that John Maxwell often uses,

“Those on your team carry two buckets with them at all times. One has water and the other has gasoline. Whenever there is a ‘fire’ down below, they will either pour the water on it, and you’ll never have to worry about it. Or, they will pour the gasoline on it, and it will blow up in your face.”

I learned this the hard way early in ministry and wished I'd knew about his book "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" back in 2007.  

Nevertheless, after reading his book in 2009, I realized that I had a terrible inner circle and quickly learned that my inner circle was a reflection of me.

In 2009 I realized who I was trying to reach, and that what I was trying to do in ministry, was not for everyone. The more I understood this, the more effective I became.

Along the way I discovered 7 kinds of people you should never let in your inner circle
  1. People who criticize what you're doing because it's not what they are familiar with or use to.
  2. People who have a love affair with tradition. They just won't let it go. These traditions may look and feel good, and while they may bring you closer to man, they can push you further from Jesus.
  3. Religious people. They love rituals more than God.
  4. People who drain you of energy.

  5. People who contribute less than they take. (Much less)

  6. People who are slowful and procrastinators.

  7. People who are fearful and afraid to take chances.

Just an FYI; some of these listed above include family members.

Remember, your inner circle is a reflection of who you are.


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