Doug Franklin’s “4 Key Tips in Dealing With Criticism”

By John D

In a recent Church Leaders article, youth ministry worker Doug Franklin shared his top four tips to help church leaders deal with criticism.

“There are four key principles for dealing with criticism,” Franklin wrote. “Understanding and applying these principles will help you respond effectively to your critics.”

1. All leaders face criticism.

“Leaders can not and will not please everyone. If you want everybody to like you, you will be greatly disappointed as a leader,” Franklin wrote. “Whatever decision you make, some people will disagree. Leaders who try to please everyone end up pleasing no one, not even themselves. Effective leaders expect criticism and are seldom disappointed.”

2. All criticism is based on the critic’s intentions.

“There are two types of criticism—destructive and constructive,” Franklin added. “Effective leaders learn to consider the underlying intentions of their critics. Some criticism may be valid while other parts may be based more on the ulterior motives or unmet needs of critics.”

3. All critics use similar strategies.

“Nehemiah faced a series of strategies that critics have used throughout history,” Franklin continued. “His opponents tried mocking, ridiculing and insulting (2:2-3). They employed rumors and scare tactics (4:11). Later, they used dirty tricks and physical intimidation (6:2).”

4. Effective leaders use similar counterstrategies.

“Throughout these attacks, Nehemiah trusted in God (2:1); drew boundaries between right and wrong (2:1); prayed persistently (4:4); prepared a plan (4:13); used powerful words (4:14); focused on the mission (6:3-4); responded with facts (6:8); and exercised discernment (6:9),” Franklin added. “Furthermore, he didn’t retaliate, but allowed God to be the Judge (6:14).”

What are your thoughts on Doug Franklin’s four keys tips? To read his full list of criticism strategies, you can click here.

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