26 Feb Is humility achievable in a leadership position?
The U.S. Army Is promoting a new leadership value. Here’s why every business leader should embrace it.
Is humility achievable in a leadership position?
We’re all familiar with the humble brag. Urban Dictionary gives this fine example of it: “Your inflatable inner-tube is way cooler than my 80-foot yacht. You get to be so much closer to the water and to nature.
I envy you, I really do.” The humble brag is meant to call subtle attention to one’s superiority. Then there’s straight-up arrogance — sadly, a far too common leadership quality. Recently, the US Army named humility as a core value of the organization.
This is how the Army defines humility: Humility in its simplest form is the absence of arrogance.
In my work as a recruiter at Prestige Scientific, I wholeheartedly agree that humility is the mark of a good leader. When you put the needs of your organization above your ego, seeking out the input and feedback of others, you simply get yourself out of the way.
By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific, Inc.