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:
- Swallow your pride when confronted with a no-win situation.
- Just stop talking and allow others to be in the limelight.
- Say “you are right” more often.
- Ask others how you are doing.
- Share the credit.