One leadership quality that has become less and less popular is humility. People feel like in order to compete in the business world they have to be strong, competitive, and anything but humble. Humility is looked at, in many cases, as a weakness. I believe, however, that humility is a strength.
I would like to suggest four reasons why humility is a strength and not a weakness.
1. Humility is NOT Insecurity.
Insecurity happens when you are not secure in yourself or your beliefs. You lack an understanding of your purpose or value. When you are humble, however, you are not insecure. You understand yourself, your beliefs, and the unique value you provide.
2. Understand your Limitations.
Every leader has limitations. When you are humble, you know what you can and can’t do. You also know that each person brings their own unique value to the table. When you are humble, you treat people with respect and dignity. Because you are humble and treat people with respect, you are able to get their support when needed. You are able to use their skills for the betterment of the group.
3. Understand your Assets.
When you develop humility, you have a strong sense of self. You have an intimate knowledge of your skills and abilities. You also recognize the value you bring to the table and understand your strengths and how they will help you reach your end goals. You also realize why your strengths are assets and what value they provide to others.
4. Recognize your purpose.
When you have humility, you recognize what you are trying to accomplish. Whether it is a long-term goal or a short-term adventure humility allows you to recognize your purpose. You are driven by purpose. You don’t let personalities, obstacles, or any other challenges get in your way. You also understand what is outside of your purpose and don’t deviate from it since it only minimizes your ability to accomplish your goal.
Humility is not a leadership weakness, it is a strength! When you are humble, you are not insecure. You understand your limitations and assets. And, you recognize your purpose. As you strive to be more humble, each of these qualities will help you to be a better leader.
Please let me know what you think about humility. What benefits have you seen from humble leaders? How have humble leaders had an impact on you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!