The Way of the Humble


Humble leaders take a different approach. They are not so self-absorbed as to think that they don’t need to listen and be open. Their spirits are not critical because they are always open and scanning their employees, customers, and systems for new and better ideas. Here are some qualities of the humble leader I’ve observed:

  • A humble leader is teachable. Humble leaders never shut the door on educating themselves. They open themselves to the ideas and concepts of others—including their followers.
  • A humble leader is flexible. An old proverb reminds us that, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” Many of us have spent our time trying to be in control, but a humble leader learns how to be effective without having control. The more they loosen the grip, the more they gain.
  • A humble leader welcomes change. Change often equals growth. But not change for change sake. A humble leader discerns the right changes, a skill that is often developed by being open and teachable. Humble leaders are not afraid of personal change. They seek to improve themselves.

Humility leads to personal openness, teachability, and flexibility. Humility casts fears aside and frees leaders to energize and build their organizations toward common goals and vision. Humility is the fertile ground where the seeds of trust sprout.


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