When I think of role models of confident humility, it’s hard to imagine a better example than Jesus. Born in a manger, washing feet, hanging out with the poor; yet let’s face it, he had some pretty big asks. From time to time in 2015, I’ll be showcasing examples of leaders across a variety of contexts lead from a place of humble confidence.
This Christmas it seemed only appropriate to start with Jesus. Let’s have some fun with this one in a big virtual Christmas party. Even if you’re not Christian, there’s a lot we can learn from Jesus as a human leader as well. I’ll start with a few ideas, gathered from some of my Lead Change Group friends to get us started. Grab some cocoa and add your thoughts.
“Confident humility says I can love you and serve you, even if your actions don’t deserve it.” -Chery Gegelman
lead from who you are | stand up for what matters | speak the truth
- Calming the raging storm
- Walking on water
- Taking on the establishment
“He knew who he was. The attitude of everything he said was confident based on who he was and what he was going to do.” – Mike Henry Sr.
know your vulnerabilities | admit mistakes | invite challengers
- Washing the disciples feet
- “Into your hands I commend my spirit:” Submitting to crucifixion
- Note: I’m curious– can anyone think of a time where Jesus admits he made a mistake?
listen carefully | understand perspectives | collaborate endlessly
- As a young boy, confident enough to discuss God with the priests, yet humble enough to submit when Mary and Joseph came back for him.
- Hanging out with outcasts and children
- Telling stories
imagine more | invite bold possibility | do what matters
- Energized a strong, diverse team to drop everything and follow-him
- Strong ideas that challenged the status quo
- Drew a compelling picture of life after death
In Search Of Confident, Humble Leaders
Do you know (or know of) a leader who is a role model of confident humility? Well known or not? Please drop me a note for consideration for a 2015 profile in confident humility.
Thanks so much for being such an amazing part of my year.
In Peace and Joy,