Episode #44: Ben Rath on How to Kill Your Leadership

Welcome everyone to episode #44 of the learning to lead podcast. I’m really excited about this edition because we’re adding a new element to the podcast. Once a month, Learning to Lead will host monthly Leadership breakfasts. The purpose of the breakfasts will be to expose young leaders to seasoned leaders in order to learn from them. I’m going to be bringing in the best leaders I know to teach their best leadership content. I believe that through these breakfast lessons, leaders who listen to them will be able to go further, faster in their leadership journeys.


Our first breakfast speaker was my good friend and founder and Pastor of iChurch, Ben Rath. I’ve know Ben for over a decade and he is an incredible leader. In his lesson, he talks about what it takes to become a healthy leader. He shares an experience he had when he went through a really dark period of time in his leadership. He talks about what he did to get out of it and what God taught him in the process. I believe this is one of the most important lessons any leader can listen to. As you’ll hear, there is nothing more important than becoming a healthy leader.

I’ve included notes in the show notes on the site as well as links and ways to connect with Ben. Our next leadership breakfast is going to be Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8 a.m. For more information, go to dougsmithlive.com/breakfasts

Connect with Ben:

Blog: benrathlive.com/

Church: ichurchonline.com

Twitter: @BenRath

Facebook: facebook.com/benrath

E-mail: brath@ichurchonline.com

Lesson Notes: 

“If you stop learning, you stop leading” – Rick Warren

Your #1 leadership challenge will always be you

Health is the baseline for all of leadership

Matthew 12:34 – Your brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

“The health of your heart will determine the expression of your leadership” – Andy Stanley

Leadership Health – going through conflict without guilt, anger, greed or jealousy showing up

Psalms 73:1-28

Nothing has more potential to kill your leadership than comparison.

3 Ways That Comparison Makes Us Unhealthy

1.) Comparison leads us to make inaccurate assumptions

2.) Comparison leads us to self pity

Leadership is not a self pity zone, there is too much at stake

3.) Comparison leads us to stress and burn out

The growth ability of your church/organization/leadership is directly proportional to the health of your heart

The Cure: get your perspective right (clear measure of success)


1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series – Our next breakfast will be Saturday, October 18th at 8 a.m. More details coming soon! For more information, go to dougsmithlive.com/breakfasts.

2.) Learning to Lead Small Group –  Our small group started last week. If you’re in Pittsburgh and would like more information about joining our small group, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.

3.) Dave Ramsey is coming to Pittsburgh September 24th and 25th – Click here for more information and to find out how you can get $15 off each ticket. 

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