Category Archive: Humility

Five Questions that Release the Power of Humble Leadership

Overconfidence provides courage to begin, but blocks effective leadership. If overconfident leaders were half as talented as they believed, they would be twice as successful as they are. You might begin with overconfidence, but… Continue reading

The Leader on a Pony

A few leaders possess wide bands of competence and giftedness. You probably don’t. Your high horse is a pony, at best. You possess a narrow band of giftedness. In the middle, you have… Continue reading

A Way of Seeing that Expands Leadership

Gratitude is a way of seeing, even when life isn’t perfect. The opposite of gratitude: Envy. You can’t enjoy what you have because others have more. Blindness. You close your eyes to goodness.… Continue reading

How to Hold People Accountable

Successful leaders believe in accountability. When I say, “Leaders hold people accountable,” who comes to mind? Employees, right? Authentic leaders think of themselves, as well as others, when they think of accountability. Authority… Continue reading

His Comment Has Irritated Me for Months

I often talk about the power of saying, “How can I help?” But, several months ago, a man came to me after a talk and said, “Have you ever thought about asking, ‘How… Continue reading

In Praise of Incompetent Managers

Imagine you weren’t as competent as you believe. How would you treat your team? The problem is, you can do it “better” yourself. Do-it-yourself managers: Get things done. Want the job done right.… Continue reading