True humility in leadership inspires others to greatness…
As I reflect on these words, I am reminded of those I know who lead with love and a humbled heart; those leaders who create spaces for others to learn and grow; who embody the knowledge that true humility in leadership is essential to building communities of trust, enabling others to shine.
What they share in common is the knowledge that leadership is a privilege, not an entitlement. Never boastful or proud, they view leadership as stewardship, instead of an opportunity for self-promotion. Each seasoned in their respective careers, they have been humbled by past struggles as much as exalted for accomplishment, and in the wake of both, have found their strength, calling, and their commitment to those goals and causes larger than themselves.
They exude a quiet confidence, leading with a degree of grace and humor that comes only from time and the gift of life experience itself. Past defenses melted away, they are able to lead on purpose, with purpose, and a sense of passion that inspires. Their work is not about them, but in growing others and achieving common goals, anchored by the belief that we all achieve more when we work together.
They are leaders — in our homes, in our communities, in our businesses, and in the world. Seasoned by time and humbled in heart, they inspire others to greatness, not by what they have achieved, but through the essence of who they are.
Deeply grateful for those leaders in my life who inspire me every day, I’m curious…who inspires you and why? What is your definition of humility in leadership? How have past opportunities and challenges humbled you and shaped your perspective?