It might seem strange to say it, but success is often the most dangerous thing that a leader can face!
Every leader wants to succeed. Every leader wants to make an impact. But, success can be an unmerciful master.
Success can cause us to pursue it more and more and leave the leader unconcerned about the means by which it is achieved.
Success can cause us to become complacent, to let down our guard and to stop trying.
But worst of all, success can easily breed pride, and pride leads us to forget that we are dependent upon God for everything we are and everything we have.
King Uzziah began well. 2 Chronicles 26:1-15 relays his accomplishments, but then the text takes a tragic turn in verse 16: "But, when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction." The verses that close out that chapter speak of a man who was overcome by pride and who ended his days in isolation.
Godly leaders are concerned with success because they desire to make an impact for Kingdom of God. But more than that, they passionately pursue Christ knowing that regardless of the accolades that this world may heap upon us, we have nothing, are nothing and can do nothing apart from Him.
If you are staring down success - now's the time to make sure your focus is right - take this victory and turn it to thanksgiving and praise to God.
The truly successful leader is the one who will one day hear the words, "Well done good and faithful servant!"