is without a doubt one of the key differences between an excellent
leader and an outstanding leader. You might be able to be an excellent
leader without to much of this, but to be outstanding you have to be
humble. Just plain and simple fact. This is one reason we have so few
outstanding leaders in the world today.
This is the leadership key to it all. You can never be an outstanding
leader without being humble. Put your people first, put the company
first, put your family first, but yourself last. Can you do it?
a leader always remember that pride is the most difficult of human sins
to overcome. One can even become proud of his humility.
how does humbleness relate to leadership – today's list of 10+1.
1. It is always the secure who are humble. -Gilbert Keith
Outstanding leaders are very secure in who they are and what they are
doing. Weakness shows through no matter how much you try and cover it
up. A stronger leader admits when it is tough and then deals with it
and moves forward.
2. People with humility don't think less of themselves, they just
think about themselves less. Norman Vincent Peale
you keep talking about yourself you might convince yourself of how great
you are, but the rest of us already know it is not true. If you are
really leading, you have so much going on you just don't have the time
to think about yourself. If you are thinking about yourself, who is
thinking about your team.
3. You shouldn't gloat about anything you've done; you ought to
keep going and find something better to do. -David Packard
man who built one of the greatest technology companies every. Why?
Because instead of gloating, he continued to look for better and better
things to do. Outstanding leaders are on a mission. They never have
time to gloat. They are simply to humble.
4. Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.
When the leader has the guts to admit he/she was wrong, it puts them on
a whole new level with most people. “I was wrong. I know I thought I
had the right answer, but I did not”. What if some of our elected
officials actually had the guts to do this? Would you have a bit more
respect for them?
5. Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other
people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It
means freedom from thinking about yourself at all. -William Temple
a leader you have a mission. That mission is to leader those you have
been given responsibility for. You gave up thinking about yourself when
you took on the task of being the leader. Now do it.
6. Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening! -Author
it is certainly painful. Specially the first time. I was wrong. You
were right. We should have done it his way. She knew better. But you
get over the pain and it makes you a better leader.
7. A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. -Benjamin
There are many people who think they are great leaders. There are many
people who will claim to be great leaders. But outstanding leaders
never think about themselves. They have to many following them that
they need to be concerned about.
8. It wasn't until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it
is to say "I don't know!" -Somerset Maugham
many of us can relate to this one? I can. It takes most of us a long
time to finally say it. In fact, say it right now, “I don't know”. It
is not a sin. It is not painful. It is simply the truth. Even
outstanding leaders don't know everything. But they do know how to
9. Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.
When you leave the room, people will begin to talk about you. Whether
it is good or bad, will depend on what type of leadership you have
demonstrated. But don't get to confident. Because even great leaders
sometimes get negative talk. After all, great leadership requires doing
what is right, not necessarily what is popular.
10. When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of
people will be disappointed to find they are not it. ~Bernard Baily
This one I have to love. It is not about you. Period. I don't care
what you have done or who you are. Leadership is not about you. It is
about your team. Your team must be the center. The greatest compliment
you can pay your team is, “I did very little, my team deserves the
credit. They are great”.
10+1. Humbleness is strength not weakness
Outstanding leaders are strong because outstanding leaders have the
strength of true humbleness.
lead by example. How many times do we say, “walk the walk”. If you
exhibit humbleness, what option does your team have but to exhibit it as