How can a person become a successful leader by being humble?

How can a person become a successful leader by being humble?


Reply must be 500 words and include at least 2 peer-reviewed sources and 1 biblical integration.

Student #1

How can a person become a successful leader by being humble?

Vaid (2015) describes ten attributes that describe a successful leader, including acknowledging others, motivating, being decisive, effectively communicating, being trustworthy, being confident, aiding in development, being direct, being a partner, and being honest and transparent (p. 117-118).  A common theme among these attributes is humility or viewing others above oneself.  This type of leader demonstrates their value of others by acknowledging their success and praising their hard work.  They motivate their team to do their best, and encourage them to better themselves, whether through furthering education, going for a promotion, or simply stretching themselves outside of their comfort zones.  Being honest and transparent demonstrates respect and the attitude that everyone is equal, despite their ranking.  This is not to say they are indecisive or wavering, because they should have a decisive quality, however they should make their decisions after careful thought and consideration, and act in a way that is in the team’s best interest.  They recognize they are not perfect and rely on their team members to pick up the slack by utilizing their own gifts and strengths.

The leader who demonstrates this type of humility will be successful.  Their team will not only respect their leader, but also feel respected themselves.  They will be motivated to work to the best of their ability and be encouraged to go above and beyond.  They will be able to work together in a positive work environment and complete their given tasks, and ultimately the entire team will be successful.

Why is it an important leadership trait to serve others first?

A humble leader is one who puts others before themselves.  Rego, Cunha, and Simpson (2018) explain that “humility is relevant to leadership and suggests a positive association between humble leadership and effective team performance” (p. 215).  In other words, a team will be more effective when their leader is humble, and a more effective team will produce more successful results.  As previously mentioned, this type of humble leadership promotes respect and motivation among their team and encourages them to work hard and be more effective.

On the other hand, the opposite leader thinks of themselves first.  They are arrogant and consider themselves as more important than their team members.  This type of leader promotes a mentality where everyone puts themselves first and discourages working together for the best possible outcome.  Furthermore, this type of leader can be expensive.  Seijts (2016) claims that “costly failures in decision making can often be traced back to character-based issues such as closed-mindedness, impatience, and lack of accountability, empathy, humility, and courage” (p. 3).  This type of bad leadership does not just impact their direct team.  The decisions made under this influence trickles down and negatively effects everyone and every decision in the organization.

What is the importance of relying on Jesus’ will and ways as it relates to leadership?

In every aspect of our life, God’s Word can provide direction on what to do, how to act, or how to respond.  Jesus’s example of servant leadership is the best point of reference for any aspiring leader.  Jesus’ example shows that a great leader does not just direct his team, but is, at the same time, the most willing servant.  While many assume the followers do the work for the leader, Jesus demonstrates that a leader serves his followers.  In Mark 1:40-45, Jesus encounters a leper who begged Jesus that, if willing, to cure him.  While many would shy away from the leper, Jesus’ immediate response was, “Yes, I will!” and cured the leper completely.  His concern was not that anyone would see Him conversing with the leper, or that He may also contract leprosy, but rather His first concern was of the person before Him and what could be done to help.  It is important for leaders to turn to Jesus’ example in every aspect of their jobs and in every decision.  By relying on His will and ways, they will always find the solution and through it, demonstrate God’s love.



Rego, A., Cunha, M. E., & Simpson, A. V. (2018). The perceived impact of leaders’ humility on

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