But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. (1 Thessalonians 2:7)
Gentleness is a very godly trait. Its goal is to win, not defeat. We know that godliness is not harsh nor curt, but as the apostle Peter instructs, we are to “rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”(1)
Gentleness is likewise a leadership quality. Just look at the greatest leader of all, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is even called the “Gentle Shepherd.” He never coerced or purposefully intimidated. He would simply say, “Follow Me.” Boisterous, demeaning commands may get things done, but they will never accomplish loyalty or a true willingness to obey.
Furthermore, gentleness is an attribute of the strong. It reflects confidence and security. On the other hand, a weak and insecure mind attempts to lead by intimidation. How have you been leading?