"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty
hand, that he may lift you up in due time" - 1 Peter 5:6.
A humble leader stands out because there are so few in the marketplace since leaders and emerging leaders become competitive and aggressive, seeking notoriety and power as they move up the organizational ladder. Today's verse urges everyone, even leaders, to put their promotions and honors in God's hands while they humble themselves. When they do, God will promote them according to His will and timetable and not theirs. This frees leaders to serve others and not use them as stepping stones for leadership career promotions.
LEADERSHIP STEP: How do you feel when someone else with whom you work closely is promoted or honored? If you can rejoice with them and celebrate, you have truly put your own career in God's hands. If you are envious or become depressed, you are not humbling yourself. The best way to avoid this is to initiate the process of recognizing others for their work and contributions. Find someone this week to honor for his or her work in a way that is meaningful for that person.