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5 Reasons Change Is So Difficult For A Leader

Here are five reasons change can be so very difficult for a leader:

You fear the security of your job - this isn't an irrational fear. A person I know just got fired after being there for 7 weeks as their pastor (and it wasn't moral or ethical reasons). It was because of a disagreement over direction. Implementing change and a new direction can make a leader feel vulnerable.

You feel that you are alone - it is hard to implement change when you feel as if you are the only one leading the charge trying to take the hill.
Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future – John F. Kennedy
You know that its gonna cost capital - change costs. It is going to cost relational capital, energy and focus. As a leader you may feel as if you don't have those resources to spend.

You suspect that the vision isn't clear to prompt change - people will change because of a compelling mission and vision.  Perhaps you know you need change, but you can't rely on a clear and compelling vision to help prompt and initiate that change.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something – Woodrow Wilson
Your ministry culture doesn't have a good history with change - your church doesn't have a good history. Perhaps in the past change wasn't done well. Perhaps people were burned by it. Maybe it split the church and many key families left. That history is going to leave a bad taste in people's mouth and it is going to make any leader gun-shy to implement change in the future.
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got –Anonymous
Just because these issues make change difficult for a leader - doesn't mean that a leader isn't called to be a change-agent. In light of these challenges, the question becomes, how does a leader scale these hurdles and break through these barriers in order to help move their organization or ministry into the future that God has called them? What are your thoughts?


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