Modesty and Humility – Leadership Style

For those of you that read my blog regularly, you know that I am constantly analyzing what traits make a good leader so others and I can incorporate these traits into our management style.

I discussed this topic in “6 Ingredients of Leadership”. Leaders should have vision, passion, integrity, trust, curiosity, and daring to be effective leaders. While reevaluating this post I came up with other traits that I think are important to effective leaders. These traits might seem trivial but if you look at truly effective leaders these traits round them out and make them more effective leaders.

Modesty – Modesty means the quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities. Good leaders need to have modesty in abundance. A modest leader should accept criticism and understand his/her limits. On the outside a modest leader might seem quiet and reserved, but to those who come to know them, they are intense workers who are obsessed about getting results. A modest leader should not have an ego. Modesty helps a leader make good choices while maintaining a leveled head.

Humility – Humility is defined as modesty or lacking pretence, not believing that you are superior to others. Humility is a trait that is often overlooked in leaders. It is often looked at as a weakness when, in fact, it can be a tremendous asset to being an effective leader. A leader that is humble rarely allows the power of his/her position to cloud their judgment. If you recognize you are not perfect it creates an environment where those around you feel comfortable making mistakes and taking chances. You look for the opportunity to learn something new and use every opportunity to make others feel valued. The act of being humble assumes you do not have all the answers.  A humble leader knows that change is constant and they can keep up and grateful for the opportunity to learn something new and reinforce knowledge they already possess.

Being and effective leader means accepting your strengths and weaknesses. The more we know about ourselves the better we can be as leaders.

2 thoughts on “Modesty and Humility – Leadership Style

  1. Completely agree. I often reflect on my relationship with my team members and realize that I rarely display an air of authority or preeminent knowledge. I tend to feel that I am always acting as an equal with the team as it is important for everyone to feel that they can offer their own suggestions without encountering any immediate judgment. It can be an uncomfortable feeling for those seeking prestige as one can start to question a level of respect and reverence toward their role. I will say that the most rewarding experience is to see other team members come into their own, and it is hard for that to happen unless the leaders have a healthy level of modesty and humility.

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