Much has been written lately about the virtue of humility in leaders, and about how those who are sincere, modest and unpretentious tend to inspire the best performance in others. But we bet you can think of plenty of leaders who do not fit that description. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Bill Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company, asks: If humility is so important, why are so many leaders today, especially our most famous leaders, so arrogant? (https://bit.ly/2RJfxaf’).
Taylor notes that many who head up companies are, not surprisingly, competitive and ambitious. But do these traits preclude humility? According to Taylor,” humility in the service of ambition is the most effective and sustainable mindset for leaders who aspire to do big things in a world filled with huge unknowns.” Years ago, HR professionals at IBM coined a term to describe this combination of traits: humbition.
The “humbitious” focus on their work, not themselves. Tåhese leaders seek success but feel fortunate, rather than omnipotent, when it arrives. Additionally, such leaders ask rather than tell. Says Taylor, “The most effective business leaders don’t pretend to have all the answers; the world is just too complicated for that. They understand their job is to get the best ideas from the right people, whomever and wherever those people may be.”
Do you think of yourself, or anyone you work with, as “humbitious”? Do you think it makes one stronger to admit to not having all the answers, and can you give an example? To join the conversation, click "comments" above.
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