Striking the right balance in one’s ego is critical in the journey of personal growth and leadership. The wisdom of Apostle Paul’s advice in Romans 12:3 rings true—do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. However, it is equally important not to underestimate one’s own worth. A healthy ego serves as the foundation for progress by allowing for confidence without arrogance. A believer recognises that God has the ability to use anyone, at any time, to accomplish anything. A person of faith understands that you must come to believe that God can do great things through you.
Consider the case of Nelson Mandela, a true exemplar of balanced ego in leadership. Despite enduring 27 years of imprisonment, his self-worth remained unwavering. Mandela’s balanced ego enabled him to negotiate for a peaceful end to apartheid and the subsequent leadership of a united South Africa. His story illustrates how a healthy sense of self is pivotal in catalyzing positive change. You must be humble enough to understand your limitations and shortcomings. Yet, you must have faith that God can use you at a high level, using you to repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
Let us heed this lesson in humility and self-assuredness. As we watch the world, we are called to lead with humility, embracing our worth without diminishing others. A balanced ego empowers us to inspire, innovate, and, ultimately, shape a better world. Reflect on your ego’s balance today. Are you underestimating yourself, missing opportunities for growth? Or are you veering into arrogance, hindering collaboration and progress? It is foolish to have an overinflated sense of self. But having an undervalued sense of self will land you in the sewers of life. Embrace a balanced ego as the cornerstone of your leadership journey.