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Humility - It’s a strange thing

Thursday, 22 March, 2012 - 12:01 pm

 Humility - It’s a strange thing the minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it.

The greatest leader of all time was Moses, at the same time the most humble man of all time was Moses. The Torah says “and the man Moses was very humble, more so than all the men that were upon the face of the earth” Numbers 12:3.

How do these two qualities go hand in hand? Leadership together with humility?

Wherever you look you can find a “leader” and an “expert”, from social media to email marketing, from printing to playing, from toys to toddlers. Everyone is an expert and they are not shy about it, actually they are usually a bit pompous about it.

If someone wants to be an expert and a leader the first step is to learn from Moses. The Jewish people didn’t refer to Moses as “our leader” or “the expert” they referred to him as Moshe Rabeinu - Moses our teacher.

Why? Because the Moses leadership style was inclusive. He was training people to share the message of G-d, to share the beauty of Torah and Mitzvos with the community. His humility shined in the same place as his greatness. He was a great general but a humble general. The way he saw things “If you would have my talents you would do a better job in my position”.

The message is it’s not about me. Rabbi Shais Taub says it like this “Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself, it just means you think of yourself less”

So the better question to ask is, can these qualities be separated?

If you want to have leadership you need humility. If you want to be humble you need to recognize your leadership qualities.

When a leader losses their humility they will fail, when we lose sight that it’s not all about us the downward spiral begins.

So ask yourself Am I a leader? Where can I be a leader? What examples of humility I seen in other leaders?

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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Comments on: Humility - It’s a strange thing

Mary Lou wrote...

A much needed message for all. God bless!