"For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted" - Matthew 23:12.
To get ahead, leaders often have to promote themselves. Once promoted, leaders can begin to believe they deserve the honor and perks that come with being a leader. When the honor doesn't come, leaders can begin to seek it and resent those who don't give it. (The story of Haman in the book of Esther is a good [or bad] example of this.) To stay grounded in humility, leaders must realize and remind themselves that first and foremost, promotion comes from God alone. Then they must realize they are successful because they are part of a team. They are unquestionably important team members, but nonetheless not indispensable or worthy of all the credit when things go as planned.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Today consider whether you are self-promoting or well grounded in a team mentality. Think of one thing you can do to honor and thank those who are on your team. It may be a handwritten note, a verbal thank you, or some token of your appreciation. These acts will serve to do what Jesus said in today's verse—they will keep you humble and prevent you from promoting your own role in your team or expecting, maybe even demanding, that your team honor you.