Leader, Humble Thyself

In his book “Good to Great,” Jim Collins talks about Level 5 Leaders as those who are able to build “enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.”  Collins also points out that Level 5 leaders’ ambition is first and foremost for the institution, and not themselves.

Humble, self effacing leaders don’t seek the spotlight, they seek results.  They have their eye on the goal, not the mirror.

The leader shouting for respect – demanding recognition, is likely to get neither.   A genuine leader does not seek recognition and is likely to brush off praise and give credit to the team.  More importantly, the genuine leader will not linger over success or failure.  As Collins says, their ambition is on the institution and resting on your laurels or sulking over your losses are not productive traits.

Know what you know, know what you don’t know, remain determined, and remain humble.

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