『不要看自己過於所當看的；要照著 神所分給各人信心的大小，看得合乎中道。』 羅馬書12章3節
版權所有2011,純全資料中心。本文摘錄自「與Rick Boxx的純全時刻」，這是一本從基督徒角度看職場議題的評論集。想知道更多關於純全資料中心的資訊，請上網訂閱Rick Boxx的每日純全時刻。www.integrityresource.org. 他的書How to prosper in business without sacrificing intergrity也提供了如何純全做生意合乎聖經原則的教導。
你是否在參與機構或是會議時，因某些領袖不抬高自己、謙卑的態度而印象深刻的？如果有，請分享他的作為和風度。 你也許沒看過吉爾柯林斯的書：『從好到優』，但你是否覺得謙卑(看重他人的需要多於自己的)，是一個傑出領袖重要的特質之一？ 自信(有時是自大)是現今領袖的特質，但你認為為什麼有一些領袖是很謙虛的，不問自己需要來擔負責任的？你認為自我推銷和強勢是否是成功、或是推動公司前進的必要條件？分享你的看法。 你是否同意聖經上說：「不要看自己過於所當看的」、「自高的必降為卑，自卑的必升為高」？這是否很容易做到呢？請分享自己的答案。註：如果你手上有聖經，想要知道更多與這個主題相關的經節，請參考下面的經節:
箴言11章2節、15章33節、16章18節、18章12節、22章4節， 腓立比書2章3-4節， 彼得前書5章5-6節
THE NOBLE ART OF LEADING HUMBLY
By Rick Boxx
Many times I have heard business leaders express their lofty praises for a peer or a key employee. We all like to be valued and appreciated, especially when those we work for or with are the ones that offer words of affirmation. But not long ago I was especially impressed by the comments made by a server at a conference I was conducting.
The server understood I was heading up the event, so he decided to take an opportunity to approach me and offer commendations for one of our guests. This waiter pointed to Denise, a gifted entrepreneur and teacher, who was standing nearby. She had come as a guest of ours. Turning back to me, the server stated, "If Denise is involved with your event, then I am impressed."
He continued by explaining, "Denise is a class act and a great teacher. Our people love working with her, because she treats them so well."
Interestingly, Denise is known worldwide for her business acumen, yet she had taken time to demonstrate interest and concern for the hotel servers. Rather than parading her status and demanding deference from them, she had become a servant of the servers.
In his insightful book, Good to Great, Jim Collins reports findings of a study he commissioned about top-performing companies. One of the distinctives he found in each company was that “good to great leaders” exhibited high levels of determination. But there was a second common trait as well – humility. He writes:
“…(these) leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company…their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.”
Later in the book Collins observes, “Those who worked with or wrote about good-to-great leaders continually used words like quiet, humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild-mannered, self-effacing, understated….” In other words, according to the author, these leaders were “seemingly ordinary people quietly producing extraordinary results.”
This presents a remarkable contrast to the highly publicized, celebrity executives we read about, hear and see in today”s media. The “good to great leaders” Collins” team studied seemingly understood the pitfall of becoming caught up in one”s own self-importance. In the Bible”s New Testament, it is stated this way: “…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…” (Romans 12:3).
Jesus Christ, whose life has served as the ultimate example of humility for countless millions around the world, taught in Matthew 23:12, "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
The message seems clear: If you are looking for a great leader, look for those who humbly serve others. And if you desire to become a great leader, first learn the art of both serving and leading with humility.
Copyright 2011, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.
Have you been part of an organization or even attended a meeting where you found yourself very impressed by a leader not because they drew attention to themselves, but because of the humble attitude they showed to others? If so, explain what seemed most memorable about this individual”s behavior and demeanor. You might not have read Jim Collins” book, Good to Great, but why do you think that humility, the ability to be focused more on the needs of others, would be singled out among the qualities of exceptional leaders? Why do you think self-assertiveness, and even arrogance, are so commonly exhibited by prominent leaders, while those that humbly conduct their responsibilities without calling attention to themselves are often overlooked or underappreciated? Do you think self-promotion and forcefulness are necessary for success, to drive a company forward? Why or why not? What is your reaction to the biblical teaching to “not think of yourself more highly than you ought,” or the exhortation by Jesus that “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”? How easy – or difficult – is this to do in a practical, everyday sense?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:
Proverbs 11:2, 15:33, 16:18, 18:12, 22:4; Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Peter 5:5-6