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[Guest Post] 3 Tips for Leading Under a Great Leader

Amber Cassady —  December 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

Hey Simply Insiders!

Our good friend, Rachel Cruze, daughter to financial guru Dave Ramsey, has some great tips for you guys on understanding your own role of leadership and also leading well while serving under another great leader. Her three tips will hopefully help you in your ministry and servant leadership! Read her blog below:

    Rachel Cruze By Rachel Cruze

Sometimes it can be intimidating to lead under a great leader.

It can be especially difficult for those of us who are new at leading. As a youth pastor, maybe you have experienced this situation in your career.

Everyone knows and respects your senior pastor. So as you grow and mature on your church team, how do you also make sure you become an effective leader?

Here are my three tips:

 1)    Don’t be entitled.

Our generation is pretty bad about entitlement. We’re never taught to lose, and we all get a “trophy,” so we enter our careers expecting the same. We expect to immediately achieve what took decades for others before us. But that’s not reality.

The opposite of entitlement is contentment. Be content. That doesn’t mean to be lazy or apathetic. It means being at peace with where you are and what you have, while still actively pursuing growth and maturity.

2)    Respect authority.

You may think, They don’t get my generation and what the church is becoming. But I bet they get it much more than you give them credit for.

Remember, you’re standing on their shoulders. With God’s help, they built this, so respect those who went before you.

How do you respect your leaders? Be willing to serve and trust them. Honor them publicly, even if you have disagreements. Discuss the disagreements privately. 

Don’t suck up to them, but also don’t tear them down. And, whatever you do, don’t get involved in gossiping. Gossip is toxic for any organization, but especially for a church.

3)    Be yourself.

God only created one person like you, so be true to yourself. Don’t be a “yes man” and don’t be a chronic cynic…just be yourself.

Also, remember that your church doesn’t want a clone of your senior pastor. You have a job that only you can do.

Believe me, as Dave Ramsey’s daughter, I know this one well. It would be easy for me to be a clone of my dad because he’s been so successful. But, even though I agree with his principles, I take my own approach in how I spread that message.

You have to be your own person.

Leading isn’t easy, especially when you’re in the shadow of a great leader. But if you’ll apply these tips to your career as a youth pastor, I think you’ll set yourself up for even more future success and leadership opportunities.

 Thanks for loving students,



Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and presenter, who has been speaking to groups as large as 10,000 for more than a decade. The daughter of Dave Ramsey, today she uses the knowledge and experiences from growing up in the Ramsey household to educate America’s students and young adults on the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her book, Smart Money Smart Kids, co-authored by her dad, will release in April 2014. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelCruze, online at rachelcruze.com, or at facebook.com/rachelramseycruze.


Amber Cassady

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