“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

- Nelson Mandela

From 1996 - 2000 Jim Collins, a leading expert on business leaders, wanted to find out what made companies not just good ... but GREAT.

He focused on the main leaders of those companies that had achieved much and he made two observations.  On top of all the normal skills, experience and competencies that a leader requires - he spot two other qualities...

1. Fierce Resolve

This one was not a surprise - a determination, a drive to keep going.  In the face of loss, conflict, opposition - these great leaders had a fierce resolve that kept them moving forward.  But it was the other quality that surprised him....

2. Humility 

In the face of success these leaders did not become magnets for glory - they focused away from themselves.  In the face of loss, they did not look for scapegoats but stepped up to take responsibility.  In times of glory they where in the background in times of trouble they were front and centre.

This second quality was a massive shock! ... and yet we can see it, it rings true.  We can see it in people like Nelson Mandela - his fierce resolved matched only by his humility.

Yet this is not new!  In fact it's been around for at least 2000 years.  Jim Collins could have saved a lot of time if he had have asked Jesus!  The leader who's resolve is unmatched, yet he washed the feet of his disciples.  Who's drive and determination refused to be pushed around by the powers of the time, yet he give his own life to pay for the sins of those who would kill him.

Jim Collins' research produced his catchphrase...

"The triumph of humility and fierce resolve"

I think that is a great description of our Saviour's leadership and a great model for everyone in whatever leadership positions we face.


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