Why Humility will make you a Great Leader

I’ve always been a little obsessed with Leadership. If you’ve been there and had to lead people it can become an obsession – working out that magic formula that will guarantee results (to get it done), and improve your ability to lead those people effectively time after time.

The first challenge is defining it – my own personal favourite is:

‘The ability to inspire followship’

I feel that succinctly says it all…

One that has been well put, from a favourite book of mine called Good To Great by Jim Collins is the concept of a Level 5 Leader. There are two characteristics that define those leaders who make it to the top of their companies, and what is more, lead their companies to success – Humility and Fierce Resolve.

Level 4 – Effective Leader – ‘Catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision; stimulates the group to high performance standards’.

But a Level 5 – (Chief) Executive – ‘Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will’.

But what is humility when it comes to leadership?

Dr. Robert Hogan, founder and president of Hogan Assessments, understands humility to be the psychological opposite of narcissism. He says:

“Substantial research shows that humility predicts effective leadership. Humility is associated with minimizing status differences, listening to subordinates, soliciting input, admitting mistakes and being willing to change course when a plan seems not to work.”

So a question for you – when did you last show humility as a leader?