January 27, 2014
Humility is a vital ingredient for a leader. Pride, arrogance, hubris, will eventually lead you to ultimately coming off the rails. We've all heard or even experienced the leader who, though gifted and talented, allowed pride and arrogance to derail them.
Research from Collins, Irwin, and the Heath brothers has shown that most leaders involved in derailing are intelligent, hard-working, committed, and highly motivated people. But time and again, these strengths do not always guarantee long term success or protection from eventual failure.
And in every study, a case can be made for the more successful leaders being the humble ones, those who have the capacity to power down, especially in those key situations when a weaker leader is trying to power up. So, I want to give you some practical steps in guarding yourself from the dangers of pride, arrogance, and hubris, characteristics that have been shown throughout history to be hazardous to a leader’s strengths.
Before I do, here is another question to ask yourself. How much would all your relationships change if you adopted a posture of humility? What about our work environment? How much would it change politics? Or the state of the world overall?
I'm convinced that humility is the key to making the world a better place. The one great proof of this can be seen in the ministry of Jesus, whose entire life was characterized by humility (Matthew 11:28-29; Philippians 2:5-11). So, here are some ways you can develop humility in your leadership;
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