Why HUMILITY is ESSENTIAL to effective leadership…

by | Mar 10, 2022

Why HUMILITY is ESSENTIAL to effective leadership…here’s a real-life example…

I was coaching a leader a while back who had always been very strong, tough, effective but GUARDED leader.

When we were going through the coaching process, she began to understand the importance of building trust and how trust is built by showing up as HUMAN – VULNERABLE and HONEST.

Through our coaching, she decided to practice this with her team in a project she was working on. While her view of leadership had previously been “having all the answers for her team,” she decided to expand what it meant for her to be a good leader.

In this project that she and her team were working on, she didn’t have all the answers, and she didn’t want to fake it.

Instead, she actually told her team during a group meeting that she wanted them to know she didn’t have the answer to the specific challenge they were working through.

She told them that it was uncomfortable for her to even acknowledge that, but that she knew that with their help, they would collectively find the answer.

To her surprise and delight, her team rallied around her!

They acknowledged and appreciated her honesty and invested the energy to explore ways to address the problem – and did so quite competently. They came up with a creative solution, and she built trust with them in the process.

NOT ONLY did they trust her more because of her openness and humility, but she realized she could TRUST THEM more, because she’d given them an opportunity to take ownership and they’d more than risen to the occasion.

Where she thought being open and humble could REDUCE her credibility, it actually ELEVATED it.

This is why it’s so important to value and model humility as a leader. It’s an essential for effective leadership. The reality is we all need people, and leaders are no exception to this.

In the Coach Approach to leadership, humility is a characteristic of the coaching mindset. A true coach approach leader leaves ego at the door and, instead, depends on curiosity and openness to others, their ideas, and contributions.

If you’re interested in taking your leaders through the transformation from ‘boss’ to ‘coach’ to help them be more effective, contact me and we’ll talk more!