Lenten Leaders Series: Leading with Humility

Week 2: The first week of Lent
By Tim Gavin
Leadership Consultant

Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me." Matthew 4: 8-9

Jesus easily rejects Satan's offer of all the world's kingdoms because He knew who He was. There are many times in our lives when we are offered opportunities for fame and fortune, or the popular, "What's in it for me," rather than what is best for all whom we serve.

In the various leadership formation curriculum's offered by Catholic Leadership Institute, we begin with understanding who we are and cultivating the Leadership of Self.  We acknowledge that it all starts with Jesus.   In our Model of Alignment, we are focused on Jesus, not ourselves.   Our success in leadership starts with our relationship with Jesus.

We say throughout our lessons that Jesus is the perfect leader.  In this scripture passage, we see Jesus giving up all riches and fame.  We learn later that Jesus leads by example; serving the poor, healing the sick, raising the dead, and dying as a commoner.  Jesus is a  role model of working for heavenly riches, not earthly.

Pope Francis has shocked the world with his humility.  This "Person of the Year" Pope has been labeled a true leader and follower of Christ because of his humility. What a terrific modern day role model for this Lenten Season.  As we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of his election to the chair of St. Peter, let us pray, that as Catholic leaders, we can embrace Pope Francis's model of humble servant leadership. 

Leadership Tips:

  • The most powerful phrase in the English language is "I need..." When we ask for help, we are engaging people in our development, acknowledging to them and ourselves that we do not have all the answers.
  • Examine your daily tasks each day.  Prioritize the tasks that serve the community, not ourselves.
  • In our meetings this week, focus on the Outcomes and Process. Focus on everyone participating for a collaborative result.