Humility may be one of the top characteristics of the finest leaders in history. A truly great leader knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that they don’t know everything. A great leader acknowledges that they need a strong team to be successful. They know that it isn’t all about them. If we desire to be more like Christ in every area of our lives, humility is an excellent place to start.
The Virtue of Being Humble
In recent episodes of Conversations, we explored the three virtues of The Ideal Team Player. This week, the spotlight is on Humility. This is how Pat Lencioni describes it:
Ideal team players are humble. They lack excessive ego or concerns about status. Humble people are quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek attention for their own. They share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
And whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:27-29 (NLT)
Humility in the Workplace
Humility in the workplace is exemplified by:
- No sense of superiority
- Believing that no task is “beneath you”
- Freely giving credit to others
- Taking time to encourage others
While there have been some very famous, wildly-unpleasant, narcissistic geniuses in business, the road to success is rarely paved with self-importance. A humble team-player is the kind of leader we all hope to work under, and the kind of leader we all should aspire to be. Humility is not, however, exemplified by:
- Being a doormat
- Being a pushover
- A lack of self confidence
- Being passive-aggressive
Humility takes boldness, action, strength, and confidence to enact in every area of our lives.
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
- What do you think of this quality in a workplace setting?
- What actions and attitudes would you point to as evidence of humility?
- How is it different from meekness or deference?
- How does our description fit with what Jesus modeled and taught?
- What is it about humility that makes it crucial to effective teamwork?