In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins, Barnabas Piper, and Eric Geiger talk about leaders battling insecurity. Leaders are usually viewed as bold and confident, but are they really? Insecurity is both common and dangerous, so what’s the answer? The guys discuss the following.
- Is it normal for leaders to feel insecure? Why or why not?
- What’s the difference between humility and insecurity?
- At what point does insecurity become harmful for leaders?
- What are ways leaders try to compensate for insecurity in unhealthy ways?
- How can leaders overcome insecurity in healthy ways?
“If you think you’re a secure leader listen and you’ll find out you’re not.”
“In my natural state, apart form the grace of God, I’m going to be plagued by insecurity.”
“There’s a tremendous spotlight put on you as a leader, and that will draw the insecurity out of you.”
“From the outside there’s the appearance of confidence but inside leaders are going ‘when are they going to realize I don’t know what I’m doing?’”
“Insecurity exhibits itself in many different ways.”
“It often displays itself as bravado.”
“Insecurity can be either indecisiveness or over-decisiveness.”
“Insecurity is a lack of confidence, a feeling you always have to earn something or your identity.”
“Humility is confident, but it’s confident that God has made you who you are and approves of you because of Christ.”
“If you’re trying to evaluate if you’re insecure ask how much you think of yourself.”
“An insecure person can seem manic or bi-polar.”
“At the very base of leadership is stewardship.”
“Insecurity is always harmful. It has compounding harmful effects the longer it resides.”
“Insecurity can manifest itself in missed opportunities because you’re afraid to take a risk.”
“We have to acknowledge that we have a proclivity toward insecurity.”
“Power, sex, money, or pride – that’s how insecurity exhibits itself.”
“Insecurity is an expression of pride.”
“Insecurity is both self-loathing and self-love at the same time.”
“Insecurity wants to tear down others so the leader can feel better about himself.”
“Insecurity masks itself differently for different leaders. It’s always the pursuit of whatever you call success.”
“Be a follower of Jesus and be joyful you are His.”
“Personal insecurity is resolved by identity in Christ.”
“You need a person who can be a keel on the ship of your life.”
“Insecurity is a lie.”
“There’s not a lot of room for self-help books in overcoming insecurity.”
“We really want to out-grow the Bible, but we just can’t.”
The Chris Farley Show by Kevin Farley