To be in a position of leadership is usually associated with being in a position of power. And though the power is real and necessary, it must be balanced with the willingness to respond humbly in situations that warrant it. It's time we eliminate the misunderstanding that humility is weakness. In fact, to take a position of humility takes a lot of restraint and sacrifice. This is difficult for many to do. Therefore, the weakness comes in yielding to arrogance and dominance because it is easy to do. The strength is found in backing away from selfish desires and allowing someone else to be successful.
Not sure what humility looks like in leadership? Consider these examples:
- The boss who gives credit to his employee for an idea that allowed the entire department to shine.
- The manager who was clearly wrong when making a decision on a project and admits that mistake when the project fails.
- The supervisor who yields her opinion to someone else on the team so that they can have input.
- Marty, you're always full of ideas. I want to hear yours on this new project.
- Lisa, that was my mistake, and I'm glad you caught it. Thanks for your sharp eye.
- Jamal, you're better at responding to these kinds of requests than I am. Why don't you take the lead on this?