Want to Succeed in Business?

If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.  Matthew 9:35b

According to research, what’s the #1 most important trait exhibited by successful leaders in today’s business world?  Here are your choices:

  • Charisma
  • Intelligence
  • Proactivity
  • Results-orientation
  • Communication skills
  • Smooth dance moves
  • Humility

The answer?  It might surprise you, but it’s . . . humility.  That may seem 100% counter-intuitive when you picture today’s typical CEO, but it’s true.

In his landmark book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins had a research team dig through all the facts to determine exactly what distinguishes a great company from a merely good one.  They found that (1) it all comes down to leadership and that (2) leadership all comes down to humility.  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 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28-29



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