10 Reasons Humility Is Vital to Great Leadership
“I believe humility is absolutely essential to having long-term, broad-range impact.”
Humility may be a forgotten virtue in conversations about leadership today, but I believe it’s absolutely essential to having long-term, broad-range impact. Here are some reasons why …
- Until you can be managed well, you can’t manage well, and being managed definitely requires humility.
- You’re not leading well until you put the needs of others before your own, which requires humility.
- You won’t invest time into others until you realize you’re not the center of the universe.
- You won’t be a learner without humility, so you’ll stagnate and die on the vine.
- You can’t be a listener without humility, and when you don’t listen, you’ll miss some vitally important feedback.
- Receiving and making the most of constructive criticism definitely demands humility.
- Being concerned about the personal welfare of others requires humility.
- You won’t improve unless you realize your need for it, which requires humility.
- You can’t be sensitive to what’s going on the behind the words of others unless you’re paying attention, which requires humility.
- The respect you think others have for you will merely be an illusion unless you’re humble enough to see the reality of your own weaknesses.
Brandon Cox is Lead Pastor of Grace Hills Church, a new church plant in northwest Arkansas. He also serves as Editor and Community Facilitator for Pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastor's Toolbox and was formerly a Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. In his spare time, he offers consultation to church leaders about communication, branding, and social media. He and his wife, Angie, live with their two awesome kids in Bentonville, Arkansas. More from Brandon Cox or visit Brandon at http://brandonacox.com/