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My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t)

February 13, 2017

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

sunset over christ churchMy Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t)

If you are a leader you are going to be criticized.  Period.  And if you are a significant leader you are going to be severely criticized.  It honestly doesn’t matter if you are a good leader or not.  That is just how it is.  People criticize leaders.  Always have.  Always will.  Get used to it.

I am sometimes asked how I deal with criticism and my response is simple.  I don’t.  I don’t defend myself.  I don’t vilify people who criticize me.  I don’t lash out.  I don’t really think much about criticism at all.  Frankly, my critics are not who I am trying to please.

If you feel called to lead but feel a bit “thin skinned” at times, here is some advice from a guy who has been in the trenches of leadership for a few decades:

  1. Base decisions on your…

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