10 Ways to be a Humble Leader

10 Ways to be a Humble Leader

The warnings against pride in the Bible are numerous. Proverbs is thick with them and subsequent books continue the reminder.

As leaders the caution can feel weighty. Whether we volunteered for a lead role, have been appointed to one, or landed by there by some form of assimilation, the position is a bit of a game changer. The responsibility of leading others is no small task.

The mere title alone has mass; it means others are following. Teachers and parents are leaders. Bible study guides, vocalists and front door greeters are leaders. In whatever capacity you are pouring out gifts and skills, someone is watching. You are leading.

But is knowing the warning the same as heeding it? Are there ways we as leaders can setup safeguards and cautions that will steer us toward humility rather than pride?

Thankfully, the Bible does not give us instruction without ideas or examples for practical application. Here are 10 ways we can cultivate humility in our leadership roles.

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1. Serve

We lead, so we inherently serve, right? Not quite. Jesus took leadership to a whole new level when he knelt before his disciples and washed their feet. He turned leadership on its head when he said, “On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” He spent his life willingly, that we may know the father. Are we willing to spend our lives so that others might know him?

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