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I’m so excited to bring you today’s interview. Back in October, I had the pleasure of meeting the host of Gospel Driven Entrepreneur, P.J. Simmons.

I’d been listening to his podcast in which he interviews entrepreneurs who are men and women of faith. The discussions are deep and engaging.

PJ Simmons discusses faith and leadership

After meeting P.J., I knew I had to take some time and go deep with him. That’s where this interview comes from.

P.J. Simmons is the host of Gospel Driven Entrepreneurs. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He loves his church and discovering the heart of entrepreneurs.

Without further ado, here’s the interview:

Show Notes

Who is P.J. Simmons?

Recently got engaged. He leads another non-profit called Medici Project. He’s moving into Gospel Driven Entrepreneur full-time.

How did P.J. Simmons and I meet?

Andy Stanley once said:

Leadership is a stewardship, it’s temporary, and you’re accountable.

The last part of this quote always catches me. Andy Stanley tells us that we’re accountable for our leadership. And it’s true.

We’ll be called out on whether or not we led the best we could. People will watch to see how we handle the power (and stress) of leadership.

There will be people looking for reasons not to follow your leadership. You will also have people who want to discredit and kill your leadership authority.

But those aren’t the ones you have to truly watch out for. You have to watch out for yourself.

Your Own Worst Enemy

It’s funny. Actually, it’s not…

We love to self-sabotage our efforts. We will do things that will hold us back or make us fail.

Anyone who has led for any period of time knows that leadership isn’t easy. In fact, leadership will be the most trying thing you ever attempt to do.

Leadership has a funny way of starting out.

You feel a pain. Your heart breaks. You see wrong.

And you feel the need to step up and lead.

Pain Leads To Leadership

Just the other day, I was stung by a sweat bee, I believe. I knew I’d been stung because I felt a burning sensation on my arm.

My first reaction was to get the thing that was stinging me off and away from me. I swatted and swatted and even ripped my shirt off.

It must have been a sight to see.

Once the immediate threat was gone, I also took action to reduce the pain from the sting/bite.

I’m droggy. I’m congested. And I’m lacking sleep.

I feel like I’ve been in this state forever. But it’s only been a day.

You ever been there? If you’re like most leaders, you have.

Leaders Lack Sleep

In a Gallop study, research shows that, on average, 40% of the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep. That’s a lot of people.

You’re probably one of them. I know I am.

With 40% of the US not getting enough sleep, we can bring that number over to leaders. There’s a good likelihood that 40% of leaders don’t get enough sleep either.

The number is large. This means the problem is large.

When leaders lack sleep, bad decisions are made.

The Importance Of Sleep To A Leader

Lack of sleep carries with it a number of problems. Research bears this out.

Social media is a great tool, one that I love dearly. Who doesn’t, right?

It’s great to be able to catch up with old high school friends on Facebook. It’s great to see the constant flow of information on Twitter. It’s even great to see all of the amazing pictures people share on Pinterest.

Destroy or build your influence using social media

Image by Jason Howie

While there’s a good side to social media, there’s also a dark side many people get caught up in.

The Dark Side Of Social Media

By using social media in the wrong way, you can begin to destroy your influence. Amazingly, many people forget that social media is a very public form of communication.

Your employers can see what you post on social media. Your employees can see what you post on social media. Your friends and family can see what you post on social media.