When one thinks of good leadership qualities, I am not sure humility jumps to the front of the list. Should it? We at LGL Leadership think so. Leaders who possess humility will be more:
Open to the possibility of errors in their thinking
Open to really listening to others
Focused on building successful team
Able to focus both on themselves (self-awareness) and others
Focused on service to others before self
The world is not and never will be short of leaders with egos. Ego is not a bad thing and really some level of it is necessary for success. But one’s ego must be tempered with a healthy and rationalized dose of humility. Balance, just like in other aspects of one’s life, is key.
I recently watched a short video of Paul Bucha, 1968 West Point graduate who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in the Vietnam War. In this short speech his genuine humility as a leader just flows seamlessly from his heart.
Finally, a 1999 edition of Time
magazine describes three of the history’s greatest leaders - Roosevelt, Gandhi, Einstein.
“Three inspiring characters, each representing a different force of history in the past century. They were about as different as any three men are likely to be. Yet each in his own way, both intentionally and not, taught us the century’s most important lesson: the value of being both humble and humane. . . . Gandhi was the earthly embodiment of humility . . . he taught us that we should value the civil liberties and individual rights of other human beings, and he lived for (and was killed for) preaching tolerance and pluralism. By exhibiting these virtues, which the century has amply taught us are essential to civilization, we express the humility and humanity that respecting people who are different from us.[i]……Einstein taught the greatest humility of all: that we are but a speck in an unfathomable large universe. Roosevelt came to empathize with the poor and the underprivileged, with people to whom fate had dealt a difficult hand
We welcome your thoughts.
Isaascon, W. (1999, Dec). Who mattered and why. Time
, p. 60.
Goodwin, D. (1999, Dec). Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Time
, p. 99.