Friday, August 07, 2009

The Characteristics of Humble Leaders

‘A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him … but of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did it ourselves”. ‘ attributed to Lao-Tzu.

The Characteristics of successful, modest humility in leadership as follows:-
1. Directs ego away from self toward larger goals
2. Realizes no one individual knows it all and therefore seeks input from others
3. Recognizes others contributions
4. Treats all with respect
5. Shuns public adulation
6. Self effacing
7. Aggressive about growth
8. Not arrogant
9. Not boastful
10. Quiet
11. Serve others
12. Listen to feedback and criticism
13. Be patient with injustice against you
14. Acknowledge mistakes
15. Associate with those less fortunate
16. Forgive
17. Speak well of others

Are you humble? I hope so.

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