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A Trait Of Great Leadership

By Don Loftis | 08.24.11

We have all been around people who brag a great deal about their skills and accomplishments.  Somehow, they put themselves at the center of every group accomplishment.  Chances are that you find these folks annoying and hard to work with.  Jim Collins, noted management guru, would agree.
In studying America’s eleven most successful businesses over the past fifteen years, he discovered one of the trademarks for success was an humble CEO.  He notes, “When truly successful CEO’s do something right, they walk you over to a window and point to all the reasons (especially people) ‘out there’ contributing to their success.  When they do something wrong, they walk to a mirror and assume the blame themselves.”
The Scriptures underscore the value of humility.  In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Paul boldly wrote, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.”  James and Peter both state, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
It is easier to follow an humble leader whether that is a boss or a coach, an elder or a parent.  In calling us to be disciples (followers), Jesus set the example by washing feet and going to the cross for us.  May we all lead as servants who reflect genuine humility in every daily task


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