Managing Miranda Rights People

I’ve never had them read to me, but I’ve watched enough police shows to have the Miranda Rights memorized. They read, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?” The first part is my focus.

As a practicing leader for 2+ decades I have encountered many of what I call “Miranda Rights People.” If you are a leader, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. These are people who aren’t on board with where you are trying to lead them. They seem to have an opposing view of everything and they like to tell you about it at every opportunity. The reason I titled this post Managing Miranda Rights People is because they really can’t be lead. They can’t be lead because they refuse to follow. So, they can only be managed. If it helps, think of them like chronic pain (only if it helps).

So why do I refer to them as Miranda Rights people? I do this as a reminder to me that when I encounter one of them I have a right to remain silent. And most of the time I will because I know that whatever I say or do can and will be used against me. Do you understand these rights?

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Brent Kimball
God rescued me through Christ from my sin and condemnation when I was 19 years old. Almost immediately I began to sense a call to pastoral ministry, which I entered into in 1994. My deep desire is to serve God by influencing people to follow Jesus and fulfill their role in and for the Kingdom of God. I relish the outdoors and am an avid big game hunter. I enjoy reading. My three favorite genres are Classic Christianity (think Chesterton, Lewis, and Tozer), Leadership (think Lencioni and Collins), and Non-fiction Adventure (think Lansing, Krakauer).