Today’s leaders face innumerable challenges that previous generations never confronted: employee disengagement, cloud-based speed of commerce, political correctness, cultural diversity, social sensitivities and a hyper-focus on efficiency, among others. Pressure to succeed is higher than ever. Leaders know they must have an A-game, and they continually encounter methods that experts claim will improve proficiencies.
Humility, however, is an often-overlooked character trait that flies in the face of culturally accepted leadership norms. It may, in fact, be the most powerful attribute a leader can have to engage and inspire people.
According to Merwyn A. Hayes and Michael D. Comer in Start with Humility: Lessons from America’s Quiet CEOs on How to Build Trust and Inspire Followers (CreateSpace, 2010), humble leaders are more adept at meeting people’s needs because they connect with them at the most basic human level.
Leaders dream of motivated teams, yet many try to develop them in all the wrong ways.
This article explores leadership humility and humble behaviors, and offers four key questions to assess your humility level and cultivate a genuine and loyal following.
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- Fundamental paradigms
- Humility’s advantages
- Humble behaviors
- Assess your humility level
- Making adjustments
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