Why is Humility in Leadership So Rare?

Friday is for Heart Songs

Henri NouwenToo many leaders, inside and outside of the church, spoil their gifts and opportunities with pride and arrogance.  It is sad but all too common.  I was reflecting on spoiled talents of a potential young leader this week who simply will not be under anyone’s authority other than his own. I fear for him, but his miss-steps and pride are also a warning to me … “stay teachable, stay connected to the body, stay in communion with others.”

This quote from Henri Nouwen seems appropriate.

“The leader of the future will be the one who dares to claim his irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation that allows him or her to enter into a deep solidarity with the anguish underlying all the glitter of success and to bring the light of Jesus there.”

Henri  J.M. Nouwen
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
(Crossroad, 1989)

“In the name of Jesus, protect us from the arrogance of certainty arrived at outside of community. Protect us from the pride that announces narrow conclusions that limit the scope, and power and various means that Your Spirit uses to conform us to the image of Christ. Amen.”

Related:
Oh God give us more leaders with this kind of humility.
C.S. Lewis on Humility and Thanksgiving.
John Calvin on Pride


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