The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

The Problem With Complacency

Bible Character: Amos (Minor Prophet)

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion… Amos 6:1

Amos knew that the Israelites were very satisfied with everything…too satisfied!

Can this happen to a leader too? What are the consequences of complacency?

False Security

Complacency is really a sense of pleasure or security. A sense of security can be dangerous because often the first thing we do is relax. There is a time and place for relaxing, but as a leader, generally this time is very short. If we get lulled into excessive certainty with our job, staff, resources, and level of business we can possibly take them for granted. We all know what happens next.

Lukewarm leader

Christ does not appreciate lukewarm Christians. In the same way, leaders cannot become unenthusiastic about their mission. Others will soon sense the lack of desire and may choose to mimic the unenthusiastic leader. The full potential for the organization and all the individuals will not be fully reached.

Stay Hungry

Truly effective leaders are able to create a sense of urgency for the mission. The sense of urgency starts with them and filters down throughout the organization. Action is a key to cultivating an environment that fosters a sense of urgency. Talking is important, but ultimately a leader is judged by their actions.

The Israelites were enjoying the “good times.” We all know that usually the “good times” don’t last forever.

Even during good times, organizations need to always be prepared for the unexpected. It’s easy to get lulled to sleep during times of growth, but a need continues for developed plans for when things take a turn for the worse.


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