Stand Up to Abusive Leadership

"Stand Up to Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Stand Up to Abuse” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


It takes some courage to stand up to abusive leadership. Especially if they are your leaders! Why? Because you know you are going to be punished for it. There will be repercussions.

I know because I’ve experienced them.

The first few times I stood up to abusive leadership, I naively thought I was going to be thanked for pointing out the faults and weaknesses of the leadership, assuming they weren’t aware and cared.

Boy, was I wrong!

I’ve been dismissed, fired, rejected, ridiculed, publicly shamed and shunned… you name it.

I learned pretty quickly that abusive leaders are that way because they want to be. It works for them.

Standing up to them is important and necessary. We just need to be aware of the possible consequences.


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4 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    Wow oh wow! This has been my experience too. Thank you for this!

  2. thanks amy. sorry it’s been your experience.

  3. PJ Wells says:

    This is my experience as well. 15 years on the mission field taught me not to challenge leadership unless you are willing to walk away from ministry. Which I did. It’s sad when you feel walking away is the only way to take a stand, but in the end you are just labeled as a “problem” and walking away only proved to them that you weren’t really “called”. Thank you for this post David.

  4. saint james says:

    PJ Wells, That last line in your response is what I’ve had to live with. It’s hard, very hard. control and manipulation in the hands of Christians is a deadly weapon.