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Austin Rogers
Liberty University
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For any organization, ensuring that the individuals they hire are equipped with the proper
job skills required to be successful is very important for the overall success of the organization as
a whole. While occupational skills are important for every employee, having good leadership
skills is an asset that can greatly increase the value an employee has to the organization and
attribute to the employee’s personal and professional success. When developing and applying
leadership skills, humility should always be a major factor in assessing oneself and making
decisions. Research has shown that humility not only promotes self-awareness and appreciation
of others, but can also allow humble leaders to “channel their ego needs away from themselves
and into the larger goal of building a great company” (Caldwell, Ichiho, & Anderson, 2017).
This research serves to further strengthen the notion that a leader who displays humility can
attain a higher level of success for themselves along with the company.
Furthermore, the humble leader who chooses to place a greater importance on the
organization rather than themselves simultaneously seeks to serve others before themselves as
well. A leader who makes decisions which serve others first can be of paramount importance to
the continued success of an organization, and when leaders demonstrate these characteristics and
traits they can permeate throughout the company while strengthening interpersonal relationships
as well. When servant leadership is exhibited in an organization, not only does it champion the
needs of employees and stakeholders, but also will serve to “help followers achieve higher
personal, professional, and moral states, which can revolutionize behavioral proceedings and
interpersonal work relationships oriented to build social capital within the group” (Linuesa-
Langreo, Ruiz-Palomino, & Elche-Hortelano, 2018). This research lends itself to the importance
of having leaders who demonstrate values and leadership methods that are congruent with a
service mentality. Not only do service-oriented leaders provide economic benefits and
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profitability to an organization, but can utilize serving others before themselves to construct an
extremely cohesive and successful work environment that will only improve the organization’s
performance in all aspects. Also, in Philippians 2:3-8 (English Standard Version) we are told:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant
than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the
interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be
grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.
This verse displays the importance of focusing on Jesus’ will and ways when considering
how leaders should conduct themselves and how best to serve as a leader. While a humble
leader who conveys the will to serve others before themselves will bring many benefits to an
organization, the primary objective of a leader should be to attempt to consistently lead the way
Jesus did. Though as imperfect beings they may fall short, the attempt to sustain humility and a
servant’s heart will guide them to success.
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References
Caldwell, C., Ichiho, R., & Anderson, V. (2017). Understanding level 5 leaders: The ethical
perspectives of leadership humility. Journal of Management Development, 36, 724-732.
Retrieved from https://www-emeraldinsight-
com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/doi/full/10.1108/JMD-09-2016-0184
Linuesa-Langreo, J., Ruiz-Palomino, P., & Elche-Hortelano, D. (2018). Integrating servant
leadership into managerial strategy to build group social capital: The mediating role of
group citizenship behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 152, 899-916. Retrieved from
https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/2008201074?accountid=12085

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