Pride goes before destruction.” Proverbs 16:18
We are all capable of pride. Some of us more than others.
Here’s what I’ve learned over the years—mostly from my own personal growth and experience:
Many times what may appear to us—or we may label as—a leadership style or personality is actually a leader’s personal battle—and sin—of pride.
And pride is very dangerous.
“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 26:12
Here are 10 leadership statements that often come from a heart of pride:
“I need to know everything that is happening around here.”
“If I don’t do it—it won’t be done right.”
“Look what I’ve accomplished.”
“I know all there is to know about this.”
“They’ll do what I say or else.”
“If I left, all this would fall apart.”
“Did you hear about what I said/did?”
“I don’t need anyone looking over my shoulder.”
“It wasn’t my fault.”
“I don’t need anyone else’s opinion. I know I’m right.”
So, what can we do, leaders?
How do we battle pride, pastors?
We, above all else, guard our heart (Proverbs 4:23).
We let people in—we value others (Romans 12:16, Philippians 2:3).
We recognize who we are and who God is (Ecclesiastes 5:2).
We remember that we are created for His glory—not our own (Isaiah 43:7).
It’s a constant battle.
As leaders, we’ve been given a platform. We have the opportunity to build a name. We value our work done for the good of others. And God can use the voice we develop for His good. He does it every day.
No denying that.
But we must be careful not to let pride be the motivation in building our seat of influence. Or in taking credit that belongs to Him—and should be shared with others.
Someone said humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. (And others more.)
That should become a discipline of our life.
Thankfully God gives “grace to the humble” (James 4:6).
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
I’m in the battle with you. To His glory, let’s lead well.