The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
It is amazing how leadership has changed in the more than 30 years I have been a minister. Even when I was in my third call, in Waterloo, Iowa, I had different individuals saying I needed to be more authoritative and commanding in order to have a successful pastorate. I didn’t believe that then, and I am happy that this type of leadership is going the way of the dodo bird.
We are moving into a new phase of leadership that some term “Confident Humility.” Bobby Powers in his article, “The Secret to Successful Leadership: Confident Humility,” does a great job of defining the new direction of leadership. Powers points out, “Confident people know what they know and they know what they don’t know. When they speak, they do so boldly and clearly because they are speaking from experience and understanding.” He continues, “Humble people admit they don’t know everything, and they take accountability for their own mistakes. They seek to understand others, ask questions to learn from others, and listen closely to the answers to those questions.” Bringing these two attitudes together creates a holistic person who is authentic and one who doesn’t have to fake it.
Confident people do not have to know everything. Confident people are the ones who can easily defer and trust without fear of being somehow diminished. This gives others the chance to thrive and for you, the leader to nurture others in their leadership. Leadership shouldn’t be a monopoly. Whether in a business or a Church, more healthy leadership can only benefit the institution.
Today, think about the leadership in your Church, your work, and in your personal life. Evaluate the leaders in your midst. Where are their weaknesses and where is there humility? When has a leader deferred without defensiveness? What is your leadership style? Leaders are not all CEOs. We lead in our home; we even lead in our example. Pray that God will guide you to be a Confident, Humble leader.