Quickly think of five common traits of high-impact leaders… good time management, assertiveness, drive, energy, charisma, etc. Humility rarely lands in the list when it comes to our modern, top-down management systems. But Jesus (the greatest leader ever) and Moses (perhaps the second) had this one thought in mind – great leaders don’t have power over people, but power under people by way of humility.
Humility may be a forgotten virtue in conversations about leadership today, but I believe it’s absolutely essential to having long-term, broad-range impact. Here are some reasons why…
- Until you can be managed well, you can’t manage well, and being managed definitely requires humility.
- You’re not leading well until you put the needs of others before your own, which requires humility.
- You won’t invest time into others until you realize you’re not the center of the universe.
- You won’t be a learner without humility, so you’ll stagnate and die on the vine.
- You can’t be a listener without humility, and when you don’t listen, you’ll miss some vitally important feedback.
- Receiving and making the most of constructive criticism definitely demands humility.
- Being concerned about the personal welfare of others requires humility.
- You won’t improve unless you realize your need…