Leadership, Is Humility a Fad or the Future?
by Kate Nasser |
Leadership theories have changed over the years. Today we read a great deal about humility being a key leadership trait. Certainly a break from the touted leadership traits of years past.
Is it just a fad or truly the future of leadership? It is an important question especially for those new to leadership. Their performance might depend on the definition of humility.
Websters dictionary offers this definition of humble/humility:
: not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive
Comfortable so far with the idea of leaders being humble?
What if we add this definition of humility and a few synonyms:
: reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission
: lowliness, meekness, submissiveness
How about this definition tweeted on Twitter by @OpenRoadMedia: Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it.
Once the definition turns to submissiveness and accepting reality with no attempt to change it, there are many who become very uncomfortable with humility as a leadership trait.
Not arrogant or haughty – is a welcome trend.
Submissive, non-assertive, and accepting reality — creates a serious void.
My definition of humility in leadership:
Continuous learning to improve your imperfections for the benefit of all.
It inspires all to avoid arrogance and more importantly to keep growing for the benefit of all they work with and for the organization. Work on your imperfections; don’t let them stop you from working and leading.
What say you? Yes to humility as a leadership trait? And if so, what definition would you recommend?
From my experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
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