When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
What happens when a leader gets side-tracked by his own personal pride? This is a question most organizations dismiss. Some say it is unimportant to the organizations mission. An arrogant leader cant hurt an organization, can he? Lets examine this proposition that arrogant leadership can inhabit ones capacity to make wise decisions. Additionally, arrogance usually comes from pride.
Effective leaders understand the consequences of self-gratification. However, bad leaders dont. They focus on getting the right organizational structure in place but never evaluate their inadequacies. Unfortunately, many times a manager makes wrong decisions because of pride. There have been prideful leaders throughout world history. On the contrary, good leaders understand prideful living. Renowned author Calvin Miller argues that all leaders lead by team building. They understand when to solicit help from employees and to acknowledge their own mistakes. Kouzes and Posner, leadership experts, maintain that even exemplary leaders gain the support of all of the individuals involved in a task; they state, Titles are granted, but its your behavior that wins you respect. Finally, the foundation of hypocrisy is our pride. Proverbs 11:2 states, When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Therefore, leaders need to possess a humble spirit in order to effectively manage the 21st century organization.
Miller, C. (1995). The Empowered Leader. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Kouzes, J. & Posner, Posner, B. (1995). The evolution of management thought. San Francisco: The Jossey-Bass Management Series.
© 2008 by Daryl D. Green