For leaders, humility is key
CEOs are very often praised for their charismatic approach or their strategic vision. They may also be recognised as great innovators or be noted as a person with astounding self-belief. What they are rarely well-known for is their humility, despite its central importance to the role of leader.
Humility means self-awareness
Being self-aware as a leader allows a person to take a step back from their role and more critically assess what they are doing, and how they are doing it. They can learn from their past missteps and take corrective action to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Humble leaders will also recognise that they don’t possess the sum-total of all knowledge, and will constantly seek out opportunities to add to their knowledge and skills.
Humility means listening to others
The capacity to listen to others is a leadership trait that is brought up again and again. Being possessed of a healthy measure of humility allows a leader to far more readily open themselves up to listen to the views of other people and thereby benefit from their insight and wisdom. They will be comfortable and ready to ask for advice, and confident enough in themselves to seek out experts when they require greater insight into a specialist area.
Humility means conceding weaknesses
One of the greatest impacts of a healthy measure of humility is the ability of a leader to admit to failure or weakness. They will be better placed to view a particularly complex situation without feeling compelled to quickly take a position for fear of looking weak. Nor will they need to micro-manage others to demonstrate their mastery of every area.
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