HumilityHumility is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of some of the leaders of our time, and yet humility in CEOs leads to higher-performing leadership teams, increased collaboration and cooperation, and flexibility in developing strategies (according to a survey of 105 tech firms published in the Journal of Management). Humility was also identified by Jim Collins in his seminal book, ‘Good to Great’ as a common trait of successful CEOs.

So, what is humility?

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less” C S Lewis.

“We must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility” Paulo Coelho.

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real” Thomas Merton.

How can I recruit for humility?
• Do they credit others?
• Do they admit mistakes?
• Do they accept constructive feedback?
• Do they seek to overcome their weaknesses?
• Do they help others?

Great leadership begins with quiet confidence, humility and a focus on others.

Here is a checklist to rate yourself on 12 leadership attributes. How do you score?

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of new book “Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance
and bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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