Why the Best Leaders are Humble

Think for a moment about the best leader you ever worked for. What were the traits that made them effective? Many times, you’ll say, they supported each team member to excel!
Why the Best Leaders are Humble

Leaders have a lot of power. Most times it comes along with the title, paycheck, and job description. But, when leaders lack true inner confidence and self-respect, they become egotistical. Their self-interest in keeping their power is their key focus.

Humble leaders understand external power can be easily taken away. They know long-term success is an inside job and mindfully develop their abilities to manage this. Their commitment is to create win-win-win outcomes for everyone. This shows in their teams’ confidence to handle tough assignments and when their employees are promoted. These leaders are truly humble leaders.

8 Tips to Dial-Up Your Humility and Dial-Down Your Ego

  1. Develop an Interest in Supporting Others. Being committed to the success of others is critical for you as a humble leader. Learn to ask questions about others. What are their dreams? Engage them in opportunities to develop the skills needed to achieve their dreams.
  2. Be Easily Approachable. Make it easy for your employees to communicate with you, whether it is verbally or in writing. You can often prevent team upsets by being available to listen. Get rid of gatekeepers that only tell you what you want to hear and shield you from the facts.
  3. Develop Compassion. Coming from the heart and knowing everyone has their struggles is important. Be responsible for maintaining confidentiality. Remember, how you talk about people (aka gossip) is one of the first things people notice.
  4. Share Brags! You didn’t achieve the goal or success on your own! You did it with your team. Acknowledge them. Brag about them. Be a great team player and humble leader.
  5. Listen and Learn. Be Curious. Brainstorming usually leads to successful innovation when you incorporate others’ ideas. It requires you to set aside your ego of how it “should” look. Be inquisitive. Ask questions and listen to your team when designing, developing, and executing projects.
  6. Be Respectful. Welcome others and their differing POVs. Encourage your team to set aside biases and embrace new ways of thinking. This creates team inclusion where everyone feels valued. A true mark of a humble leader.
  7. Build Critical Thinking Skills. This is important when taking new ideas and determining if they can be effectively used to develop new systems and outcomes. The humble leader is not a nay-sayer and guides her team to develop the critical thinking skills required to make the best decisions.
  8. Admit mistakes. This is one of the most difficult abilities for any leader to master. No one is perfect. Share the mistakes and failures you’ve made in a way that doesn’t blame others and instead, inspires new actions for yourself and others.

Always remember, becoming a humble leader is a lifelong process.

About the Author:

Why the Best Leaders are Humble LeadersJeannette Seibly has been an award-winning champion for people and results, guiding bosses and teams to excel. During the past 27 years, she has been an executive coach and keynote speaker, and, the author of, It’s Time to Brag! Business Edition and It’s Time to Brag! Career Edition. She was recognized in 2019 with the SWE WE Local Denver’s “People Choice Award for Best Speaker.” Learn more about Jeannette Seibly and “Straight talk with dynamic results.”


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