On Humbleness in Leaders

I am truly amazed by leaders, who have just assumed a new position, who first and foremost display the quality of humbleness. Despite having extensive experience in similar positions,  within many different organization, they are the first to admit that they will need to first learn from the existing staff before making any decisions. The way they go about learning is what truly separates them. Great leaders aren’t afraid of asking questions big or small (moto: there is no such thing as a stupid question), to all members of their team, from the most junior to the most senior member. In the process they also contribute to the development of their team indirectly by giving them a fresh alternate perspective. For me this behavior is a true sign of leadership character.

Regards,

Omar Halabieh

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2 comments

  1. I totally agree with you Omar! However it is most unfortunate that in my 20+ yrs of working with various levels of executives, I must say that most of these “leaders” – or rather, senior professionals do not approach their new leadership role in this manner. In fact, many of the truly great leaders – Steven K. Scott, John Maxwell, even the great Thomas Edison all say that a highly effective leader comes from a “servant’s” perspective – to serve and honour their team. These leaders realize that they can only be as productive, effective, and successful as their weakest team mate. They provide mentorship and guidance to groom their staff for success, thus providing a stronger team which ultimately escalates their own success. Again, in my experience of working for over 50 leaders, this is not the norm. In fact, I could probably count the truly effective leaders on one hand.
    Warmest regards,
    Sally

    1. Thanks for the comments. In my relatively short career so far, my experiences have been similar to the ones you described.

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