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In Jim Collins' book, Good to Great, his research discovered that the highest level of leadership, what he terms "Level 5" leaders, were marked by determination and an attitude of humility.
In fact, if I were to name you the CEOs of the 11 companies that were featured as good-to-great between 1980 and 1995, most of you would only recognize one name.
Of course, Collins' 2009 book How the Mighty Fall, which succeeded Good to Great, showed just the opposite: when successful companies become arrogant, it often leads to their downfall.
In preparation for this message, I read a book by history professor John Dicks
In his book, Humilitas, author and history professor John Dickson proposes the following thesis:
The most influential and inspiring people are often marked by humility.
Haven't you found that to be true?
Arrogance repulses and repels us.
As disciples of Jesus Christ who are called to live in the way of Jesus, we are going to need to be covered in humility.
A great passage that shows us humility is found in John 13.
Today we think of humility as a noble quality, largely in part to what Christ experienced and showed us, as well as what the writers of the New Testament exhort us to manifest.
But this has not always been the case.
The word "humility" means to "be brought low" or "to lower one's self".
In the ancient world at the time of Jesus, humility was something one would expect to manifest in front of the gods or in front of an emperor; but humility expressed to another individual was seen to be shameful.
It was a common practice and thought to be acceptable to boast about one's accomplishments.
For instance, look at these excerpts from a work from Emperor Caesar Augustus entitled, The Achievements of the Divine Augustus:
Three times I triumphed at oration. Twenty ...
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