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All of us want to be humble leaders. It sounds good. It sounds right. But pride is a mighty warrior. It fights for the enemy. And we so easily fall prey to the enemy.
Some of us seem to be born with more humility than others. Some of us have great mothers or fathers that modeled humility. But most of us get out in the world, especially out in the marketplace…and humility doesn’t seem to win. It doesn’t seem to get promoted. It doesn’t seem to get talked about or noticed.
So pride drives until we GET humbled. Then, we begin to open our eyes. We develop a vision for a greater purpose for our lives and our work. The Bible begins to show us that humility has value!
Our friends at Catalyst have shared some great ideas on working to become a humble leader. If you are intrigued with these ideas, click over and read the Catablog for the details.
10 ATTRIBUTES OF A HUMBLE LEADER
- Dangerous trust
- Sincere investment
- Gentle, but strong
- Readily admits mistakes
- Forgives easily
- Quickly diverts attention
- Remains thankful
- Recognizes limitations
- Shares authority
- Invites feedback
“For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.”
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Do you realize that we have an intercessor that is constantly petitioning God on our behalf? When you pray for the big meeting or the major project that is behind schedule, or for the wisdom to know how to respond to a co-worker who has just experienced an unexpected setback, be encouraged that you are not the only petitioner. Our Lord cares for the things we care about and the Holy Spirit is with us to help us when we don’t know exactly how we should pray. We are joining our voices with the perpetual intercession of Christ who is glorified and honored when we make our requests known to him. It pleases him so much for us to ask for his help with the challenges we experience every day in our jobs.
Today, pray with boldness and confidence about the meeting with a major client, for the printer to not jam as you are producing the copies at the last minute for the Board meeting , or for that opening you are looking for with your supervisor to share a new idea that could distinguish your company from the competition. Our Lord cares for these kinds of things as well. Don’t forget however to give him the glory and praise after the important meeting you were so worried about is a smashing success!
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We are so excited (and slightly exhausted) for this Friday. Over 1,500 leaders will converge on The Church at Pinnacle Hills for our 7th annual WorkMatters Leadership Conference. I feel God’s pleasure in all of the incredible detail work that must be done to make this happen with excellence.
I will have the chance to speak briefly at 11:00am on the faith and work movement and how WorkMatters may be able to fan your flames. I look forward to talking about our Purpose…to inspire you to Discover, Engage and Serve so that you can grow in your relationship with Christ at work.
This morning my Bible reading took me to some of Paul’s best writing on serving. It is so difficult for us to put aside our pride and authority and truly serve others at work. Yet the best leaders we have ever read about or worked with have been servant leaders.
But this goes way beyond serving at work. It also calls us to serve through our work! Especially to help those in great need.
If you have another minute, read and think about the counsel below. It says it all about serving.
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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