Often, when I hear people talk of leading others it is about the perks of being a leader. However, there are a few things about leadership to remember:
- It’s not about you
- Others are more important than your comfort
- It is about sacrifice
- It is about courage in the face of adversity
- It is about humility in the face of success
- It is about serving others, seeking their good before you seek your own
One thing bears repeating – It is not about you!
When you meet someone, or even in your daily encounters with those you know, do you “see” them? Do you recognize them as individuals with dreams, passions, hopes, problems, and fears? Or are you only seeing the veneer?
When they talk with you – do you really “hear” them, listening for meaning beyond their words or even in spite of the words? Or do you just hear what you want to hear? Or do you even hear them at all?
To truly respect others, we need to see them for who they really are and as much as our limited abilities allow us and to actually listen to them with humility so that we hear the meaning behind their words and to not miss what is not being said. We owe that to one another.
By the way, busyness is a lazy person’s excuse for not seeing or listening to others.
As you lead and work with others, are you doing so with justice, kindness, and with humility?
Good Friday morning to you. Still a bit nippy here. It was a minus 11 earlier this morning.
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!
“The authority to lead is developed and cultivated not through prominence and power but rather through acts of service from a sincere humble heart. In this sense, others give us the ‘permission’ to lead because they have experienced the authenticity of our acts of love and service on their behalf. This profound humility is God’s way of leading His people.”
– Crawford Loritts in Leadership as an Identity
Are you cultivating the authority to lead your people?
“Humility is the intentional recognition that God is everything to you, and that you are nothing without Him. It is the acknowledgement that life is not about you, and that the needs of others are more important than your own.”
– Crawford Loritts in Leadership as an Identity.
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!
Good morning! You can see the signs of Fall approaching here in NE Indiana. I enjoy the Fall, but not what follows!!
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!