How Do You Handle CriticismLeadership
One of the most common questions that I’m asked by young pastors is, “How do you handle the critics?”
I’ve realized that no matter what a leader does, he or she will be criticized. For example, I’ve been criticized a lot for building the church around my preaching. When I started using more teachers, I received equal criticism for not preaching enough. Criticism comes with the territory.
Learn what you can from criticism.
In the early years, I reacted negatively to all criticism. I spent my energy defending
rather than learning. Over time, rather than dismissing all critics, I opened my heart to learn from them. God has used several constructive and a few not-so-constructive critics to help me grow and improve as a spiritual shepherd and leader.
Rather than reacting defensively, it’s helpful to ask if there is anything truthful or helpful in criticism.
Be thankful that people are paying attention to what you are doing and accomplishing. Remember that your ideas are valuable, but often another perspective can turn your valuable idea into a priceless one. Be open to other teachers and leaders.
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