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Leadership Principles in the Bible: Humility and Communication

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Nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor. – Proverbs 25:17
Humility precedes honor.Proverbs 18:12

• Now Moses was a humble man, more humble than anyone (Numbers 12:3).
• At times, Moses falls face down and protests that he is “not worthy to lead.”
• David also protested that “I’m only a poor man and little known” (1 Sam 18).
• Solomon said “I am only a little child” (1 King 3:7-9).

If I were to put someone on the front cover of Business Week or Fortune, it would be . . . the person who heads up our research organization, not me. Or I would put a team of people on the cover.Ray Gilmartin, Merck

Too often, leaders sit in large offices. . . and think they know and understand the people they lead . . . .Servant leaders listen and learn from those they lead. William Pollard, ServiceMaster

Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?Proverbs 18:13
Violence is sending a message of a fool.Proverbs 26:6

Various forms of communication:
• The delivery of the Ten Commandments
• Moses and his exhortation to the Israelites as he led them out of Egypt.
• David as he spoke to the people of Israel and lead his army.
The Sermon on the Mount

Land’s End – the mail-order company’s top executives of the company meet regularly with lower-level employees (packers, sales and service people) for a “working lunch.” And because they are close to the action they come up with some of the best ideas for improving the operation.

Leadership takes an almost bottomless supply of verbal energy: working the phones, staying focused on your message, repeating the same mantra until you can’t stand the sound of your voice–and then repeating it some more, because just when you start to become bored witless with the message, it’s probably starting to seep into
the organization.Tom Peter, Fast Company