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Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

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As Pastors and Leaders, we deal with many different kinds of people. Oftentimes it can be quite discouraging. Sometimes we just need encouragement to focus and keep going. In 1968 Dr. Kent M. Keith, President of Pacific Rim Christian University, published “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership.”  Although written many years ago, we believe these principles are still relevant to our culture today. Our hope is that you are are able to be encouraged and glean from these ten simple yet profound principles. 

  1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self- centered-love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives-do good anyway.
  3. If you’re successful, you’ll win false friends and true enemies-succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will perhaps be forgotten tomorrow-do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable-be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest man with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest man with the smallest mind- think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs but follow only hot dogs- fight for the few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight-build anyway.
  9. People really need help but may attack you if you help them-help them anyway.
  10. Give the world the best that you have and you will get kicked in the teeth-give the world the best that you have anyway.

Don’t give up! Keep going!

“If better is possible, then good is not enough.” Benjamin Franklin


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