Perry Noble wrote a post that talked about why leaders refuse to admit they are wrong. Truth be told (No pun intended) I find it hard to do and it seems a lot of other people do too. This includes leaders of all strains… and pastors. There are a lot of people in this world that can bring themselves to admit the glaring truth… “I was wrong.”
In the post, the author suggested a few reasons why this might be the case:
#1 – Pride – So many churches and ministries have been derailed because the leader KNEW he was wrong but refused to admit it. It wasn’t a problem with information but rather a problem with integrity!
#2 – Fear – Some leaders feel if they admit they are wrong that they will lose the respect of the people who follow them…when the opposite is true, people love it when a leader admits the obvious…even if it makes them “look bad.”
#3 – Ignorance – They don’t know that they’re wrong, they’re clueless…and if this is the case then they have most likely surrounded themselves with people who are either too insecure to speak truth to them…or too dumb to see the obvious
#4 – Apathy – They know change needs to take place, they see the writing on the wall; however, making changes would disrupt their way (and style) of living…they care WAY more about themselves and their comfort than they do the people they lead.
Now is the right time to ask oursleves a question: When was the last time we admitted that we were wrong? Then I think it would be proper to address any or all of the suggestions above that keep us from admitting our fault.