Let’s explore ‘The Power of Humility’ and why every leader should eat humble pie!
Leaders are often associated with being role models.
We are drawn to the confident, charismatic and decisive role model who steers the ship and leads the troops with dedication and determination.
Humility and its influence on Effective Leadership
Whilst these traits are important, an equally important and powerful one that regularly gets overlooked when it comes to leaders’ effectiveness is humility.
Let’s explore why humility is an essential attribute and how it can lead to better outcomes, stronger teams and more positive work environment.
- Builds Trust
Humility is the foundation of trust in leadership. When leaders admit they don’t have all the answers, it shows vulnerability and authenticity. It opens the door that it is ok and completely acceptable to learn from others and learn from your mistakes.
- Fosters Learning and Growth
Leaders that practice humility have a growth mindset. Being open to learning encourages continuous improvement by setting a precedent for the entire team to embrace learning and adaptability.
- Enhances Communication
Leaders who listen actively and value others’ perspectives create an environment of being valued, leading to more open and honest conversations, better problem solving, and a culture of constructive feedback.
- Promotes Team Empowerment
Empower your teams, strive to make individuals that make up those team to be high achievers, allow them to fail. This will naturally bring out the best in people fostering a sense of pride and responsibility.
- Reduces Ego-Driven Conflicts
Humble leaders are less likely to engage in power struggles and conflicts based on personal pride. It is because they make “collective good” the priority. This creates a more harmonious workplace.
- Attracts and Retains Talent
Employees want to work in an environment where their contributions are recognised and their voices and opinions are heard. A leader who demonstrates humility is likely to attract top talent and retain existing like-minded staff.
- Leads to Sustainable Success
Humility encourages leaders to make decisions that benefit the entire organisation.
- Strengthen Emotional Intelligence
Of all the points above, this one I focus on most, not because I am good at it, but because I recognize how relevant it is. I have also been part of poor emotionally intelligent decisions/actions and have learned the hard way.
I am comfortable to say it – it’s all part of being humble.
Being attuned to the emotions and needs of others allows us all to provide better support and create a more inclusive and empathetic workplace.
In a world where leadership is too often associated with assertiveness, for me humility stands out as a quiet but very powerful trait. It’s the glue that fosters trust and growth. Humble leaders don’t diminish their authority, they enhance it by creating an environment that’s inclusive and one that is not driven by ego.