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.
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.