As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” - Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
Can a good leader also be humble?
Can a humble leader be successful?
Humility makes us gentle to others and generates respect far beyond our understanding. A humble servant is hard to find, but when they surface they generate teamwork and accomplishments beyond their greatest expectations.”- Brig. General Dick Abel
Throughout the bible there are numerous times where we are reminded to “Humble ourselves in the name of the Lord” or “Humble ourselves and Pray”, and that “God opposes the proud but gives to the humble.”
It’s easy for us to see the arrogance of others; a boss, a political leader, an athlete.
But what about us, are we arrogant? Are we prideful? Are we cocky?
As Believers, we are called to be in the world but not of it. But in being set apart from the world, is there a perception that we are being closed off, that we are in a clique, that we are better than the people around us? Have we inadvertently given the perception that we are arrogant? Has the perception of us inadvertently become like that of the Pharisees of old - judgmental, prideful, arrogant?
Perception is the truth until proven otherwise.
Jesus is and was the epitome of a humble servant... a humble leader.
He led with love and people followed.
He cared about those around Him and people came from miles around just to see, hear, touch his garment.
He healed the blind, gave words to the mute, and the lame walked... and spoke truth to all that would hear.
He met people’s personal needs and then met their spiritual ones.
He met people where they were.
He exchanged conversations and thoughts.
He spoke so people could understand.
He showed them the good and right way
He humbled Himself to become one of us.
He humbled Himself even to death so that we might have life.
He lived out what He said He believed.
As leaders, may we learn from Jesus’ humility... and His leadership. And become more and more like Him in our leadership and in our lives.
Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem