Leadership by Example: A Theological Discourse on Humility

Livingstone Yao Torsu & Philip Quacoe-Takrama

Issue: Vol.6  No.3 June 2020 Article 7 pp. 207-213
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020067    |   Published online 29th June 2020.
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


Humility is one of the virtues required for leadership in all sectors of life. It is clearly demonstrated in the Bible in various forms by the various leaders raised by God. Among the many signs of demonstration is the feet washing undertaken by Jesus for his disciples. Through this, He recommends his followers to emulate in their leadership responsibilities. This paper is a critical study of the text John 13:4-5. The theological discourse method was used on humility which must be a coveted virtue in leadership by example today. It means letting God use both your strengths and weaknesses to accomplish His will and glorify His name. Thus, the text will be looked at with a critical lens to come out with the intent of the text. The study reveals that any leader who wants to be successful must be humble. The paper recommends that leaders should examine themselves and find out the kind of leadership style they are exhibiting for their followers.

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Livingstone Yao Torsu is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Theology, Heritage Christian College, Accra- Ghana. Email: rev.livingstoneyaotorsu@yahoo.com. 

Philip Quacoe-Takrama is a Tutor at the Sefwi-Wiawso College of Education, Department of Social Science and a PhD Student at University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Email: philipquacoe49@gmail.com.

Torsu, Livingstone Y. and Quacoe-Takrama, Philip. “Leadership by Example: A Theological Discourse on Humility.” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies 6, no.3 (2020): 207-213. https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020067

© 2020 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).