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Why is humility important in effective leadership?

Are you a humble leader?

As I was watching the final round of the PGA Championship last weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the acts of humility from Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey.  While neither one of them won the tournament, they both handled themselves with class and dignity.  It got me thinking about the importance of humility in being an effective leader.  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some tips on how you can use humility to launch yourself into leadership greatness.  Enjoy.

  • Take responsibility of actions. Nobody else is responsible for them.  Take ownership of your own mistakes as well as when the team struggles as well.
  • Pass on the credit. Has the team recently accomplished something great?  That’s a perfect time to let everyone know how great your team is.  Not you.
  • High standards. Do you tolerate mediocrity and poor efforts?  Don’t/
  • Positive attitude. Humble leaders’ attitudes are contagious, is your worth catching?
  • Show vulnerability. Admit (to your team) when you are wrong and be willing to apologize for mistakes when necessary.
  • Demanding.  Be demanding of yourself and have high standards for your team as well.  Don’t think of this as whether or not you are “soft.”  Greatness is earned and your team wants to get there.
  • Share your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks and authority.
  • Team > yourself. Always remember the team goals are more important than your individual goals.
  • Team first. Are you always putting your team first?  Treat everyone with respect.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson and his lovely wife, Pat, are celebrating their 30th anniversary today (August 21st), make sure you reach out on social media and say congrats!

Life Tip #59: Send people written congratulation notes on their accomplishments

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