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Leadership Issues: Confrontation Part 6

Paul with Peter-Galatians 2:11-21

Paul teaches us how to critique someone. Consider his Checklist:

1. Check your motive. Your goal should be to help, not humiliate.
2. Make sure the issue is worthy of criticism. Does it really matter?
3. Be specific. Don’t drop hints, but clearly name the problem.
4. Don’t undermine the persons self-confidence or identity. Make it obvious that you value the person.
5. Don’t compare people. Use realistic standards to measure conduct.
6. Be creative or don’t criticize. Find ways to reach a solution.
7. Don’t attack the person. Critique the problem, not the person.
8. Do not postpone needed criticism. If the issue is big, act now.
9. Look at yourself looking at others. Take the log out of your own eye.
10. End criticism with encouragement. Finish on a positive note.

Jude Admonishes People-Jude 3, 4

Confrontation is a necessary evil. No one enjoys it, but it must be done in order to rectify, purify, and unify the organization. When leaders refuse to confront wrongs, the atmosphere can become lethargic and unfocused. When leaders don’t stand for something, their people will fall for anything.

Join me next time for The Law of Reproduction Part 1