9 March 2018

Collaboration, leadership, UKFast leadersWithout a doubt of the most important and underrated quality in business is humility.

More often than not we see the most demonstrative characters being promoted into leadership roles; those who shout the loudest and make their presence felt. But, are they really the best people for the job?

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

Rick Warren

In my mind, they’re not. These characters are often motivating the team on the surface, but are more interested in self-promotion than empowering others. Equally, a level of humility enables you to be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. This way you’re able to easily see where other people bring value to the business and complement your qualities, rather than thinking you can do it all yourself. Great leaders know when it is time to step aside and let someone else take the reins on a project or area of the business.

Humility is a quality that Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, talks about in reference to Level 5 leaders. He describes these leaders as almost shy. These Level 5 leaders are those who create energy for others to achieve their goals.

All leaders need this quality

There is a time to be a bold character and step forward to take the stage, when people need motivating, feedback or reassurance, but I have found that those who step back and watch from the side of the stage are those who make the best leaders.

These characters empower those around them to take the stage and flourish, rather than hogging the limelight themselves. It’s an incredible quality to have. Like being the proud parent at the back of the hall, making sure everyone has the support they need to thrive.

Being a supportive character goes hand in hand with humility. It’s that simple. Humble people are often the most supportive because they think of themselves less and instead invest that energy into those around them.

I’d love to hear your thoughts; do you agree?

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