The word humility is a hard one to grasp in the context of a servant leader.  In Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, he concludes that great companies have level 5 leaders.  And, level 5 leaders direct their ego away from them and focus on the larger goal of what the company achieves.  Humble leaders are often described as modest, not caring for the limelight or public attention.  But, they are not timid or meek.  Humility is a strength when practiced.  Here are some tips for improving your humility as a servant leader:

    1. Swallow your pride when confronted with a no-win situation.
    1. Just stop talking and allow others to be in the limelight.
    1. Say “you are right” more often.
    1. Ask others how you are doing.
  1. Share the credit.
One response to “Humility-Meek or Mega Trait?
  1. This is something on which I have been working actively for several years. Humility is the absence of ego, which causes us to have the compelling need to be right, to have the last word, and to argue. Many board meetings end up being clashes of egos, and many managers are impelled by ego. Our profession would be better off without it. I know that some attorneys feel they know more and are therefore “better” than others, but they could stand to lose their ego, too.
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