I heard a sermon a few weeks ago that made me think about Collins’ Level 5 Leader as described in his book Good to Great. To paraphrase him, the best leaders have melded an iron will with a genuine humility. These attributes are often strange bedfellows. Neither can be faked nor even consciously considered, lest they become false.
The interesting twist I heard is this: A true leader does not think more of himself or less of himself. He just doesn’t think of himself. He does not look for credit but does not shy away from it. He just doesn’t think about credit. We could all be reminded from time to time that self and credit have little place in leadership. Most of all, self credit.