Leadership, What’s So Hot About Humility Anyway?
by Kate Nasser |
Humility rarely made the list of traditional leadership qualities. Leadership programs taught decisiveness believing that people wanted leaders to be strong, courageous, very knowledgeable, self-confident, and certain.
Although humility is now on the radar screen, it is far from universally embraced as an essential leadership trait. Many still ask what’s so hot about humility anyway? Answer: Its incredible power when leading change.
Humility Creates the Powerful Path of Least Resistance
Just as water sustains humans, humility sustains a mission throughout the long journey.
It flows with quiet power and overtakes obstacles along the way. It moves throughout the organization and reaches all levels with its influence.
Humility smoothes resistance.
It doesn’t create it. This makes it an invaluable leadership people-skills trait when introducing the discomfort of change. As humility listens, it comforts those in the struggle and invites them to find ways around the obstacles.
Humility equalizes the field of pain and gain.
This enables leaders to empathize while influencing to the end result. Humility replaces the phrase “We’re all in this together” with daily actions that move everyone forward.
It builds tremendous trust.
A leader’s humility assures all that there is no artifice nor hidden agenda. As a result, there is nowhere to hide nor any reason to try. The path of change is clear, the dedication evident, and the commitment unquestioned.
Humility respects all.
Perhaps this is where it gets its greatest power. Humility disagrees without denigrating. It holds all accountable without blaming. It honors all without minimizing any.
“To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Humility is not silent, weak, or humiliating. It is an unstoppable force that both leads and feeds during tough times of change.
Yet despite many success stories, there are many leaders who still doubt humility’s value. What do you think blocks them from it?
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
Never Confuse Humility With Humiliation
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