LISTEN: Growth: Why Humility Generates Abilities, Part 6 (Strategic Christian Leadership #39 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is 1 Timothy 3:13 which says, “For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Ralph Nader. He said, “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Our topic today is part 6 of Chapter 7: “Growth: Why Humility Generates Abilities” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. He continues as follows:

— Humility and Self-Esteem

There is a paradox worth observing in Walker’s undefended leader, whom Kotter equally well describes as reflective, humble and careful to listen. Often those who are boastful, protective and unwilling to listen are actually the most insecure. It is a compensation mechanism, a way of hiding true feelings of inadequacy. After all, if I can make others think highly of me, then perhaps I am great after all. By contrast, the humble person, the one who doesn’t feel the need to bignote herself, is the truly secure one. The logic is simple: if you have a robust view of yourself, you don’t need others to affirm it, at least not as often.

Friends of mine have told me a true story about some friends of theirs, a husband and wife partnership, who own a posh jewelry store in Sydney. Some years ago an American gentleman walked in asking to buy a Pink Argyle diamond—one of the most expensive items in the shop. During the credit card transition the store’s computer froze. The woman stared at the screen in embarrassment. The gentleman lent over the counter, offered a keystroke combination and the machine came back to life. “You know a little about computers, do you?” she said. He nodded, continued the transaction and quietly left the store.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.