Chuck Swindoll’s Top 10 Leadership Advice to Young Leaders

Few people had more formative influence in my spiritual growth than Chuck Swindoll. Growing up, I remember listening to his international half-hour radio broadcast Insights for Living. As a teenager, I remember reading his books inherited by my parents, including Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit, Man to Man, and Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility. In 2009, Chuck was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at Catalyst 09 who offered the following leadership lessons he has learned in his 50 years of ministry:

1. It’s lonely to lead.

2. It’s dangerous to succeed. Especially when you are young.

3. It’s hardest at home.

4. It’s essential to be real. if there is one area or realm that being fake is personified, it’s among leaders.

5. It’s painful to obey.

6. Brokenness and failure are necessary.

7. My attitude is more important than my actions. “Some of us are getting hard to be around.”

8. Integrity eclipses image. Every time.

9. God’s way is always better than my way. Many times we are just capable and can pull it off ourselves.

10. Christ likeness begins and ends with humility. “for i am meek and lonely of heart.”

Question: Which of these lessons strikes you most? Why? If you were to add an 11th lesson, what would it be?