4 Cautions for Young Leaders – by Jonathan Pearson

4 Cautions for Young Leaders - by Jonathan Pearson

Your way may not be the only way

This is a tough one. The truth is, though, sometimes there’s more than one way to do something. If someone on your team isn’t doing something the way you’d do it, it may not be wrong, it may just be their way. How do you know?

Ask yourself: does this go along with the culture of our organization? Is it excellent? Does it honor our target audience? Did they do their best?

If you answer yes to those, it’s probably still a great idea or great way… just not your idea or way. Learn that it’s okay and praise them for a job well done.

Don’t step over people to get to the top

This one can be a tough one too for us younger leaders. We see an opportunity. We obviously have a gift with leading and with people and getting to where we want to go. It’s tempting to see an opportunity, even if it’s not the right way, and seize it. Be careful. You’ll pass people on your way to the top, but you won’t have to climb over them by stretching your morals. God honors hard work and doing it the right way!

Don’t fear the tough conversation but use them sparingly

Talking with younger leaders, I usually see them on one side of this fence or the other (I tend to avoid the conversations). They either want to throw their weight around and enjoy making others tense or they tend to put off the tough conversations they know they need to have. You know these – the calling out of lack of effort, the bad attitude confrontation, the financial talks, etc. Have these… when you have to. Don’t dread them, don’t beat around the bush. Be kind. Be to the point. Don’t leave room to be misunderstood.

Don’t forsake your personal emotional and spiritual life

When you’re running 100 mph with other people and constantly talking, encouraging, thinking, equipping, and serving, it’s tough to find time to yourself – At least for those young leaders that are trying to prove themselves and have a large vision for where they need to go.

Don’t forget you. I’ve learned this recently (again). Take time for your personal relationships with your spouse, friends, family, and God. Don’t forsake yourself by running too fast with others.

Your turn: What would you add? Experienced leaders, help us out!


*This article was originally posted on JonathanPearson.net*


Jonathan Pearson is a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape than he found it. He is the Orangeburg Campus Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church and Assistant Director of The Sticks Network. He is the co-creator of MillennialLeader.com, an online community for young leaders and author of Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make. Check out his blog at JonathanPearson.net and connect with him on Twitter.

Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Spiritual Development Pastor at a fast growing church in Batavia, Ohio, called The Crossing. Among the many things he does at The Crossing, serving on the teaching team is one of them. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.