youth worker, youth ministry, ultimatum


By Doug Franklin July 9, 2010

Leaders who use the threat of quitting to get their way are powerful in the short run but weak overall leaders. We use ultimatums to stand on principle or to make ourselves sound confident but in the end it’s the tool of a weak leader. If your idea is good, you won’t have any trouble explaining it; if you use compassion and be patient your teammates will soak it in. If your idea is good it will stick and you will have gain more than your own way, you will have gain followers. If you want to take your ball and go home then you are going to find yourself alone.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More