Perhaps the most helpful and effective characteristic of
a good leader is Humility. We have all seen Tyrants in the work place,
and we have most likely seen humble leaders as well. In fact, it is
so important that the Bible lists this as a qualification to be an Elder of the
Lord’s church. Titus 1:7 states that an elder must be “not
self-willed, not quick tempered”. As a leader on the job, in our
businesses, or at home, there are some actions we can take to develop humility
as a leader.
Admit when you are wrong.
Everyone makes mistakes. One measure of your success is how well you recover
from mistakes. Let others know you’re human, you don’t have all the answers and
you will partner with them to solve problems.
Put yourself in others shoes, and
allow them to offer suggestions.
Recognize others for a job well
done, or a good deed done.
Acknowledge when others have a
skill or strength that you don’t and allow them to use it.
Listen, we have 2 ears and one
mouth for a reason.
We see these traits in our Eldership as they let us all
lead in different ways. God has given us all talents, and we all have
weaknesses. It is difficult to admit to our children when we have made a
mistake, but what a lesson it teaches them. As parents, we must remember
to encourage and reward our children when appropriate, not only discipline
them. I know my children do the right thing much more often than the
wrong thing. Therefore, I should make sure that I let them hear my praise, more
than my discipline. Application: Read about the Crucifixion in Matthew 27:32 and
notice the humility of Jesus as he was Crucified.