Effective leaders possess many different attributes that can separate them from the pack, but one that is rarely discussed is humility. Many times people equate these leaders with things like toughness, strength, perseverance, and focus.
In Jim Collins’ best-selling book “Good to Great,” he shares the secret of what separates great leaders from good leaders: Those who walk in genuine humility.
Do you consider yourself a humble leader?
Whether you realize it or not, people pick up on something when you walk into a room. It could be good or bad. It could be excitement, hope, and joy or it might be worry, anxiety, fear, and doubt.
Effective leadership consistently engages with humble reality checks. One of the best ways to improve as a person and leader is to ask those around you how they feel when you’re around, how you can better serve them, and what are some primary ways to improve on your leadership.
Ask team members on a regular basis how you can better serve them, communicate more effectively, and provide better encouragement. Give them permission to be honest and transparent because effective leadership is all about remaining a student — and that requires a humble heart and a strong desire to see people become all that they were created to be. Be encouraged that as you model this simple act of humility, others will soon follow!
A great practical step to take this week is to ask a team member, a client, or a strategic partner how you can improve as a leader, as a worker, and as person to better serve them. Demand honesty, and be willing to accept that honesty without taking it too personally.
Robb Holman is author of the highly anticipated book Lead the Way, keynote speaker, and the Founder/CEO of Holman International, a global leadership consultancy revolutionizing the way business leaders operate.