The other day for our staff devotions I adapted a post by Dan Reiland on the importance of humility in leadership. The points he makes are, without question, pertinent to ministry. They have a much broader application. People at all levels want to follow leaders that have a “humble confidence.” Here are Dan Reiland’s insights:
Humility in leadership is hard to define and harder to obtain. Part of the difficulty may reside in the fact that leaders need to be confident, strong and decisive. Humility is not about your place on the org chart, it reflects the disposition of your heart.
Humble leaders don’t worry about trying to look good.
Humble leaders are not offended if they don’t get the credit.
Humble leaders are willing to lift others up.
Humble leaders do not put others down in order to gain followers.
Humble leaders don’t need to tell you how good they are.
Humble leaders value kindness and respect toward others.
Humble leaders project authenticity and value trust.
Humble leaders find joy when others succeed.
Humble leaders are grateful for what they have.
Humble leaders don’t always need to be right.
Humble leaders admit when they are wrong and take responsibility.
Humble leaders listen well, receive input and are willing to change.