If you list the top five attributes of an effective leader does humility make the list? Research confirms that humble leaders are more effective. Admitting you don’t have all the answers creates opportunities for learning and builds trust, establishes credibility and provides an example of how to deal with uncertainty.
- Check their egos at the door
- Share their mistakes
- Forgive failure
- Empower and inspire others
- Make decisions for the greater good
- Invite feedback
- Attract top performers and engender loyalty
Rick Warren explains that “true humility isn’t about thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Picture Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai. What humble leader might you emulate?