Humility lies at the core of effective leadership.

I’ve spoken about humility being one of the most essential qualities of a leader. In the Bible, Romans 12:3 says, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” This Bible verse points out how humility is the opposite of pride. Moreover, as we think more about ourselves, we begin to think less of God and less of his Word. Practicing humility puts us in a position to think less of ourselves and instead as God’s obedient and lowly servant.

As I talk to college students, I’m struck by how they are trying to find their way. Yet, I have the answer for (not only young people) but many of us trying to find our way in life.

The first step is servicing. Having a mindset that looks at how I can “serve others” is not only the best way to practice humility, but it’s also a way to find your purpose in life. I’m not only talking about military service but serving in health care, law enforcement, the hospitality industry, and so on.

Humble yourself in your quest for leadership roles and learn to serve first.

Many people are only thinking about themselves rather than on how they can contribute to society. That is, help their neighbor, volunteer, and or give up your time for a worthy cause.

Nevertheless, I am not saying not to work on yourself. Because if you are not right, then how can you help others? How can others count on your commitment to do what you say you will do?

Lastly, practicing humility is a great way to get ahead in life. You put your ego and precious pride to the side and you learn to build relationships (meaningful relationships). Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Image that, being open to other people’s ideas. Listening to others’ perspectives without judgment.

Let’s put away our need to gather more things and humble ourselves with what we’ve got.


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