We talk about leadership and the various traits of a good leader because this is a great importance in today’s workplace. However, there is one trait of a leader that is not spoken about very often and it is also the one trait that matters the most for a good leader. It is this trait that sets apart a normal person and a good leader. It is nothing but humility. Leading with humility is what would make people genuinely look forward to working with the leader and would be the perfect way to lead by example.
A leader starts with a strong attitude as Sebastian Greenwood quotes Philip Sidney, “Either I will find a way or make one.” But at the same time the leader also makes sure that he or she is open to new ideas and opinions. This is because a good leader listens to the people around him and this is the trait that sets apart a leader from a dictator.
Humility is on level with and not against leadership roles
When we talk about humility it is often a trait that is least associated with people in leadership roles or powerful positions in any company. Contrary to this perception it is in fact these people who deserve to possess this quality the most. It is not a sign of weakness as it is often portrayed, but rather a sign of strength. Only the confident few can be truly humble. When you are humble it does not mean that you are expected to think yourself any lower than the others around you. It simply means that you should be ready to think of others around you on the same level as yourself.
Humble leaders do not ever abuse the authority bestowed on them
Humility ensures that the leader would avoid misusing the authority that he or she is given. This means that the leader would not focus on retaining the trust of those around him by staying humble and open. This would ensure that there are no barriers that the others might face to try and connect with the leader. People should not fear any leader but should, out of respect, be motivated to follow and work alongside the leader. This would be the ideal leader that any team would benefit from.
A leader is not omniscient
No one is in fact! It is about the never-ending thirst for learning and the flexibility to accept every source of information. Few things are learnt from the books, and certain things are learnt from experience and exposure. But there are certain things that are also learnt from the people around them. When the leader is humble enough to stop, listen and understand what is happening around them, they will be able to gain a lot of knowledge from sources that they had least expected. As Sebastian Greenwood aptly quotes Aristotle, “Quality is not an act, it’s a habit”. So start small and stay humble, you will soon find yourself going places!
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