Leadership versus Christian Humility

“Leadership so fascinates us today because it combines two
contemporary compulsions: power and celebrity.What an intoxicating
combination! No wonder there are countless shelves of
books and endless programmes which offer to help us become
better leaders, more powerful in our influence over others.
Alongside them, and in equal volume, sit the products to help
us become either more successful or happier, or perhaps both.

All this stuff engages the contemporary imagination and captures
its ambition. Meanwhile, the followers of Jesus of Nazareth are
very reluctant to be seen to be thinking that humility is, after
all, a very good thing, a central virtue. I say this not with blame
but with sympathy. It really is difficult to get our heads round
humility and to allow it to sink into our hearts and bones.
However, the reality is that there is no alternative. Leadership,
success, wealth and happiness are not the right words, the right
virtues, for the people of God, the community who seek the
kingdom which Jesus prefigured, inaugurated and announced.”

Anglican Canon Stephen Cherry, PhD
Barefoot Disciple: Walking the Way of Passionate Humility (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2011): Continuum Books, New York: 2011

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