Leadership 101: Humility

Numbers 16:3-5 They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” 4 So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face; 5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him.

Every leader faces adversity and a struggle for their power. Many people today look at any kind of authority or power as a bad thing so they take it out on leaders. No leader can lead without authority. Even Moses faced opposition to his leadership, even from his own family.

Look at how Moses reacts to the challenge to his authority. He falls on his face. He didn’t defend himself, talk bad about his accusers, or even complain to God. He left it completely in God’s hands. Falling on his face is an important aspect of leadership; humility. Moses was leading over 2 million people and it would’ve been easy for him to be confident or even arrogant. Instead he was humble. He never looked at his own abilities but instead what God was doing through him. Every leader needs to realize that what is done through you is because God made it happen. Getting too full of ourselves will only lead to our downfall.

Finally when we are challenged in our leadership don’t worry about defending yourself. If God is doing something through you then he will complete it in spite of any resistance. Moses left it up to God and in the end he was honored and the others were swallowed up in the ground. Lead in humility and let God do the rest.

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