Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are loud and boisterous, while others are more reserved. Some are highly educated, while others have little formal schooling. But one thing all leaders have in common is the need to be humble.
In this article, we’ll explore the legacy of humble leaders in the Bible and what we can learn from them. We’ll also discuss the importance of being a humble leader and share tips on becoming one. Are you ready to learn?
What Is a Humble Leader?
Humble leaders are confident in their abilities but choose not to let their egos get in the way of their work. They are team players and always look for ways to help those around them succeed.
Humble leaders don’t need to put themselves above others to feel important. They understand that they can contribute just as much by serving others and leading by example. And they know that it’s not about them—it’s about the team and the cause they’re fighting for.
Moses as a Humble Leader
Moses is one of the Bible’s most famous humble leaders. He is known for his humility and his willingness to put the needs of others before his own.
Moses was born into a privileged family but abandoned everything he had to lead the Israelites out of slavery. He never saw himself as superior to anyone, and he always put the needs of his people first.
Moses is an excellent example of how a humble leader can make a massive difference in the lives of others. He motivated and inspired the Israelites to follow him, even when things were tough. And he always led with integrity, setting an example for others to follow.
King David’s Humility
King David is an excellent example of humility. First and foremost, David was a man after God’s own heart. He was passionate about serving and glorifying God. This is evident in the way he led his people and in the way he wrote Psalms. In addition, David had a strong sense of justice. He was known for being a fair and just leader.
Finally, David was a humble man. He was unafraid to admit he was wrong or ask for forgiveness. David’s humility is evident in how he handled his conflicts with Saul and Bathsheba. In both cases, David could have reacted in a prideful or vengeful way, but he chose to humble himself and seek reconciliation.
David’s humility is an example for us to follow. When faced with conflict or adversity, we should humble ourselves and seek reconciliation. We should also seek to serve and glorify God with our lives.
The Humility of Jesus
Often we think of Jesus as only being the perfect example of a spiritually strong leader, but his humility cannot be overlooked. In Matthew 20:25-28, Jesus reminds us that the greatest among us should be the least. He demonstrates humility by washing his disciples’ feet and giving up his own life for them.
When we look to Jesus as an example, we can be reminded that true leadership is not about seeking greatness but humble service to others. We can find strength in being selfless and putting others first. Being humble does not mean sacrificing our positions of power or platforms; instead, it is about using those things to serve and build people up when we experience success or failure. Jesus showed us what true leadership looks like in this way, and we can continue to strive for it today.
Paul’s Example of a Humble Leader
Paul is one of the most famous leaders in the Bible and provides us with an inspiring example of a humble leader. In his letters to the churches, Paul reminds them often to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ and to consider others better than themselves.
Paul also often speaks of his humility, even when discussing his accomplishments. For example, in Philippians 3:4–6, he says, “If anyone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless”.
Despite all that he had accomplished and everything he was proud of (which were all good things), Paul humbled himself before God and others. He set aside his pride to be an example and follow God’s will, no matter what it cost him. This is an excellent reminder that we should do the same—put aside our pride out of our reverence for God and consider others above ourselves.
Applying the Teachings of Humble Leaders
Now that we’ve gone over some of the stories of humble leaders in the Bible, let’s look at some of the lessons we can learn from them.
First and foremost, we can learn to be humble. When faced with any success or recognition, true humility shows us how to remain connected to our core purpose and values. We also learn to persevere — no matter how difficult a situation is, it’s essential to stay focused on our goals and trust in God.
Another lesson is how to work together. Some of the Bible’s most influential characters were part of a team — Jesus’ 12 disciples were an example of this — and their collective efforts enabled them to do great things. By working together with trust and mutual respect, anything is possible.
Finally, we learn about resilience — no matter what kind of setback or challenge we face, if we take action and remember our faith, anything can be overcome.
So, what can we learn from these Bible stories about humble leaders? First, even though they were in positions of authority, they did not allow their power to go to their heads. Second, they were always willing to serve others and put their needs before theirs. Third, they were humble and did not seek recognition or glory.
Finally, they were honest and did not shy away from admitting their mistakes. We can learn a lot from these humble leaders, and we would emulate their virtues in our lives.
All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber. Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.