The more mature we become in Christian life and service, the more we realize that when we have done the best job we possibly can and exerted all efforts to the task, we remain—when compared with the absolute perfection of God—dispensable servants (Luke 17:7–10). Team leaders cannot indulge in self-pity or dislike for others. They must minimize personality conflicts and allow the Spirit of God to work out an attitude of meekness before the Lord.

Christian leaders pattern their lives after the Word of God wherein lie countless examples of this kind of attitude in leadership.

Moses disciplined himself for many years to listen patiently to the murmuring and complaining of the children of Israel.

The Hebrew children in Babylon renounced all possible political advantage by refusing to be defiled by the king’s meat.

Daniel laid power and prestige on the line in prayer, despite his high governmental position.

Paul’s missionary endeavors frequently took him into hard places, caused him to renounce himself, and placed him in danger; the result was his complete commitment to Jesus Christ and His will.

Kenneth O. Gangel, Team Leadership in Christian Ministry: Using Multiple Gifts to Build a Unified Vision (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1997), 85–86.