Humble Enough to Shine

During the days of the Civil War, a foreign diplomat who was visiting the White House was shocked to find President Lincoln shining his own shoes. The man informed the president that it was not the custom in his country for gentlemen to polish their own shoes. Lincoln continued with his chore as he responded wryly, “Then whose shoes do they polish?”

Perhaps President Lincoln was thinking of another humble leader, a man who washed the feet of his friends and exhorted his followers to perform such lowly tasks in service to others.

Anyone who aspires to leadership would do well to humbly serve others.

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