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The Best Leaders Practice Humility

Humility is a virtue admired and respected by all, but often times is neglected in areas where leadership is present. Many confuse humbleness to being docile, weak, and even indecisive. However, it is quite the opposite. When a leader practices humility it validates their humanity. Cultivating humility in the leadership ranks is crucial to the overall success of the organization. An executive who believes that he or she is God’s greatest gift to an organization is detrimental to not only the company, but to the people they lead as well. It is your duty to carry out the mission and vision of your company through great humility. Your staff can sense if you are a leader who is dedicated to helping them succeed, or if you’re just in it for your own personal success. Here are a few simple ways to demonstrate humility in leadership:

Realizing that you cannot do it all.  

The minute you think you know it all, marks the beginning of your end. Asking for help does not make you a weak leader. Utilize your team wisely, and allow them to grow from it. Knowing when to concede and when to delegate is important. You’d be surprised at the number of leaders who seek out coaches for help. In fact, Fast Company reports that 43% of CEOs and 71% of Senior Executives say they’ve worked with a coach. While 92% of leaders being coached say they plan to use a coach again. Remember, no matter where you are in your journey, there’s always someone you can help show the way.

Recognizing the fact that no one is perfect.  

As a leader, acknowledging the fact that you make mistakes too and sharing those flaws with your employees, not only develops a deeper trust between you and your staff, but they will respect and appreciate your vulnerability as well. Addressing your failures and connecting them to your success demonstrates confidence and true authenticity in your leadership.

Welcoming feedback. 

Create an environment where employees are able to honestly express their concerns, even if it pertains to your leadership. Feedback from those you work with can give great insight into how your self-perception digresses from the perception of others, because we all know that in leadership, perception is reality.

It’s important that you humble yourself now instead of being forced to later. Never forget where you came from...just in case life sends you back there.

Why Purpose Makes You A Better Leader

According to Merriam-Webster, purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists. Steve Jobs once said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” You see, like Jobs and other great executives who lead with a purpose tend to be less stressed, happier, more involved and much more innovative. The moment you understand the impact of your actions is when your purpose is revealed. Are you leading to make a positive mark on the world or is it solely for wealth and authority?

Purpose is the one factor that makes all the difference when it comes down to leading an organization successfully. It is what separates transformational leaders from transactional leaders. Leadership that lacks purpose can cause more harm to a business than one with no leadership at all. Here are a few additional reasons why purpose is core to leadership:

Purpose cultivates clarity. It allows you to self-assess your ambition and reasoning behind the work you do. Again, are you motivated by money? Or are you driven by the idea that you have the ability to truly make a difference?

Purpose brings power. When you have purpose, you’re more likely to strive for something greater. You are also more probable to step out of your comfort zone and take bigger risks. In addition to becoming more resilient, purpose causes personal growth in an individual as well.

Purpose helps you engage others. Engagement ensues when there is a collective mission amongst your staff that inspires others. When a person’s emotions are involved, that individual will typically work much harder, use their initiative, and make better decisions.  

Purpose helps with decision making. By understanding your sense of purpose, you become more decisive and buoyant in your efforts to service a bigger cause. Especially during times of adversity, purpose is what maintains your empathy and power to endure.

To know your purpose is to know your meaning and what you stand for.The leaders you remember most are usually the ones who have empowered you in some way. The reason these leaders are memorable is because they all had a great understanding of their purpose. “It’s not enough to be busy,” said poet Henry David Thoreau. “…the question is: ‘What are we busy about?”

Executive Success Lies in Management

Becoming an executive is by no means an easy walk in the park. Leading a company takes a great deal of effort and responsibility. The best leaders are those who have an innate ability to apprehend and relate to people on every level. However, as an executive you may not always have the time to connect with what is often a large staff. So, a good executive will understand that in order to lead an organization and its members efficiently, there must be an amalgamation of upward management skills as well as empathy to recognize the needs of those below. By doing so, you’re not only setting your team up for success, but it also gives you the opportunity to focus your time and efforts on more demanding issues. Here are five helpful suggestions to consider when managing a large company:

Be the decision-maker, but don’t do it on your own. 

While it is true that ultimately, the final decision comes down to the executive, it doesn’t mean you have to make it on your own. Bringing the right people together during the decision-making process allows for new ideas and different perspectives.

Encourage collaboration. 

Stress the importance of teamwork. Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Give the projects that are capable of being handled without your assistance to your employees and encourage your team to work together to complete the task.

Facilitate problem-solving. 

Provide your employees the space needed to work as a team to solve problems.By doing so, you create a culture of individuals who can tackle difficulties while working together; consequently giving you time to focus your attention on more pressing matters.

Manage up and across.

It is critical that you forge new relationships with your peers, your bosses’ peers, your external counterparts, and in some cases, the media, board members, and government officials as well. By leveraging your authority and supplying the necessary resources and contacts, your team is able to get the project done with little assistance from you as possible.

Observe but don’t suffocate.

Monitor projects in a reassuring way by offering suggestions and feedback. If goals need to be revised, give your team the room to achieve those revised goals in the way they see fit. Innovation and creativity are the lifeblood to any organization.

Remember, your team is there for a reason. After you hire your team, set the strategy, define the goal, and get out of the way!