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As you lead and work with others, are you doing so with justice, kindness, and with humility?
A simple thought today. At Ambassador, we talk a lot about mindsets or attitudes. Four of the mindsets we feel are especially important are:
2. Dependency (on God and others)
We consider humility to be the foundational mindset. Without it, the others just don’t work.
We also believe that a mindset or attitude is an intentional choice on an individual’s part. You can cultivate all of the mindsets, you can practice them and drive them deeper into your life.But, you begin with humility.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4
“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” Augustine of Hippo
So, what do you choose? Do you choose to walk the path of humility? If so, it will be a decision you will need to make daily.
Hope you have a great and blessed weekend!
Good Friday morning to you!
I saw this article,“Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader”, and thought it interesting that a premier business publication would be talking about humility. It’s actually a pretty good article.
“Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. . . Yes, we have scores of books, articles, and studies that warn us of the perils of hubris. The word comes from the Greek and means extreme pride and arrogance, generally indicating a loss of connection to reality brought about when those in power vastly overestimate their capabilities. And yes, many of us have also seen evidence that its opposite, humility, inspires loyalty, helps to build and sustain cohesive, productive team work, and decreases staff turnover. Jim Collins had a lot to say about CEOs he saw demonstrating modesty and leading quietly, not charismatically, in his 2001 bestseller Good to Great.”
The one thing I notice about the article, is that it is still misses a key point, in my opinion, of humility. One aspect of humility is a focus on others and their needs (Philippians 2:3) and less on ours. As Crawford Lorritts says in his book Leadership as an Identity, servanthood is an identity, not a leadership tactic.Humility is not a tactic or leadership strategy, but a way of walking with the Lord and others.
So, some good ideas in here, but the biblical approach to humility is a much richer and deeper understanding and approach to life.
Have a blessed weekend!
This past week, I was able to work with two excellent leadership teams. From last Sunday through last Thursday, I had the privilege of co-facilitating a leadership retreat for the AWANA Global Leadership Team. What a great group of people – they are passionate about their mission and they are united in their hearts.
I left the AWANA retreat Thursday morning headed to southwest Michigan to join in Life Action Ministries annual Board of Directors meeting that lasted until this past Saturday. The Life Action board is also an outstanding group of people. They are a group of men that love the Lord, love Life Action and are highly competent and successful in their vocational lives.
A common thread I saw among those two teams was one mentioned in books as diverse as Crawford Lorritts’ Leadership as an Identity, a book on spiritual leadership, to Jim Collins’ Good to Great, a secular book on leadership. That common trait is humility.
Truly great leaders share the trait of humility. Of course that is directly counter to the image our culture seems to idolize, but it makes perfect sense in light of Scripture.
If you desire to lead others well, choose the path of humility.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C. S. Lewis
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Have a great week!
More than likely you have read many books, articles and posts on leadership traits, characteristics and so on. I want to give you three to think on:
As a leader, are you doing justice to those you lead?
Do you do right by those you lead?
Are you kind?
By the way, sometimes kindness may look hard for when you are kind to someone you are doing what is best for them and sometimes that may be rebuking them.
Are you humble?
In Micah 6:8 God’s Word says:
“He has told you O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Try implementing Micah 6:8 into your life and see what happens.
What are your mindsets? Or maybe a better question is what are the attitudes with which you approach life?
I am involved in an interesting project here at Ambassador Enterprises where we are working to identify the core 20% of what makes the AE culture unique. One area that we identified was this area of Mindsets / Attitudes and we believe that there are three core attitudes that are important to our culture:
1. Trust – there has to be trust, which is a choice, before you truly have effective relationships, effective community, and high performing teams. It is a choice and it is an attitude in which you approach others. Trust is something that has to be intentionally developed and maintained.
2. Dependency – this is not dependency in the unhealthy sense, this is the realization and living out that fact that we are not truly independent actors in life, but that we are dependent upon God and others in life. We need others and others need us – in a very healthy and real way.
3. Humility – humility and dependency are closely tied together. Humility is the opposite of pride and arrogance. Humility recognizes that we aren’t superior to others, that others have great value in God’s eyes, that we are incomplete and flawed, and that we are in need of God’s grace, His help and the help of others and that we still have much to learn.
I have found these attitudes to be helpful. What are the attitudes or mindsets that guide your life?