Here’s another great leadership lesson from George Washington. In the pantheon of great speeches by American presidents, George Washington’s farewell address stands out as one of the most stunning. It stands out because of one line in particular:
“Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors.”
George Washington was a confident enough leader to admit that he wasn’t perfect. Washington modeled an all too rare leadership quality: humility.
Humility is a trait that the world does not honor or hold up as valuable, and yet it is one of the hallmarks of life as a Christian. As leaders, humility means we need to be willing to admit our mistakes, and also it also means we give credit to others who contribute to our success.
My challenge to you today is to lead with humility.
What does humility look like in your leadership context?
How have you seen humility modeled?