When we think about common qualities that great leaders have, there is one quality that doesn’t often find its way on the list: Humility.
Yet this quality was at the top of Moses’ characteristics. The book of Numbers tells us “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3) That’s a lot of humility!
John Maxwell notes that “nothing in scripture indicates that Moses attracted or led anyone in his first 80 years.” His humility was a quality innate to him, and yet it didn’t become a feature of his leadership until God called him and equipped him.
In my mind, this raises two issues. The first is something we’ve discussed recently: the question of whether leaders are born or made. It seems that Moses had some meekness or humility as a part of his makeup, and God took and refined that as a key feature of his leadership.
The second issue is another we’ve discussed recently: the issue of identifying potential leaders. It could be that the next great leader is the quietest person in the room. I think we need to be willing sometimes to think “outside the box” of traditional leadership paradigms as we look to invest in the next generation of leaders.
What are your thoughts?
How have you seen your innate character qualities refined in your leadership?