#1 - Unwillingness to change. Just because it worked yesterday doesn't mean it will work tomorrow.
In my own personal life, I have found it's easy to change things that someone else started, but it's more difficult to change something I started or initiated. Do you struggle with that as well? If you are unwilling to change, it will hurt you.
#2 - Pride. Pride says you've arrived. Pride says you've learned it all. Pride says you don't need help from others. Pride makes you unteachable and that's a dangerous place to be as a leader.
#3 - Inflexibility. "My way or the highway" is a road to dysfunction. If you are unwilling to give and take with the people you serve with, you may think you are "winning" battles, but in reality you're losing.
#4 - Not taking the blame. Great leaders always take responsibility for their actions instead of trying to place the blame on someone else. They acknowledge what they did wrong and make it right.
#5 - Disorganization. If you are disorganized, you can "wing it" for awhile, but it will catch up with you. Volunteers will only tolerate disorganization for so long. If you are not naturally an organized person, don't hide behind that excuse. Organization and planning can be learned.
#6 - Not being self-aware. If you don't know your strengths and weaknesses, you will tend to overlook important flaws in your life and not correct them. Gather people around you that will speak into your life and help you identify and fix your blind spots.
#7 - Not learning from your mistakes. Mistakes are part of learning. If you can't identify your mistakes, you won't grow much beyond where you currently are as a leader.
The floor is yours. What are some other mistakes that will hurt you as a children's ministry leader. Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.