We’ll start today with a question …
According to studies conducted by big-brained researchers in the business world, what’s the absolute #1 most important trait a leader must have to be successful?
Here are your choices:
- Communication skills
- Business knowledge
- Smooth dance moves
- Coordinating accessories
The answer? It may surprise you, but it’s the one hiding modestly at the end of the list: humility.
That may seem 100% counter-intuitive when you picture today’s typical CEO, but it’s true, according to the research team behind the landmark business book Good to Great (and others). Leaders who are truly (1) servant-hearted, (2) able to put others and the organization first and (3) willing to listen with humility to other points of view are the ones that people will follow.
If you really want to model yourself after a great leader, I humbly suggest you follow Jesus. He said:
If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.
The Apostle Paul added:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Let some of the words from the above verses percolate in your heart for a moment. Last, not first. Made himself nothing. Servant. No selfish ambition. Think of others as better.
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