Humility and leadership, the two very real callings that apparently are taboo to talk about and work on.
Leadership is very much a two edged sword. On one hand you have overexposed regurgitated philosophies claiming to know the best definition and practices of what being a true leader is all about. On the other hand, if you never study leadership and do not attempt to grow to become the best leader you can possibly be, then your false humility has hindered you from growing as a leader. Dealing with humility is not always easy either. Once people boastfully tell you how humble they are, bragging about how hard they have been working on their humility, they have defeated the exact point they are trying to make.
So how do we have a healthy discussion about humility and leadership without falling into one of these pit holes? I think if we can find some common ground, we can start to identify aspects of leadership and humility that will best serve our circumstances. Here are 3 points I believe that will help to facility a healthy discussion about humility and leadership.
I think one of the best ways that anyone can learn to balance humility and leadership is to set the bar against themselves. In order to do so, you must keep a true inventory on your humility and pride. You must be transparent as a leader in order for your team and those you lead to help keep you accountable.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Ernest Hemingway
Some may say that these are not new tactics or deeply rich insights and they may be quick to dismiss this blog post. I think that is the wrong mentality to have concerning this post. If you are examining yourself as a leader or reflecting on your own situation involving some form of leadership, there is a reason why you clicked to read this. I look at this blog as being fundamental. In order to be able to do anything with a level of mastery, you have to be a fundamentalist at your core. Fundamentals are instrumental to increasing any level of skills or productivity. If you allow these 3 fundamental truths help guide your development of leadership, you will be able to have on going healthy dialog with those in your group about leadership development.
If you are looking for a way to get your family, company, department etc. on the same page, whether you are the perceived leader or not, I would challenge you to take the initiative and use these 3 points as the basis for your next meeting or discussion. The only way to start moving things forward or improving workflow is to get everyone back on the same page and start communicating effectively. I believe these 3 points have the potential to do just that.
Talk soon & God bless,