Confident Humility: The Conversation Continues

Two of our most popular conversations on Lets Grow Leaders involve the concept of confident humility. See both of these related articles: 9 Ways Confident Leaders Remain Humble and Can We Teach Humility?.

The active dialogue from your inspired comments attracted interest from the extended community. I had the opportunity to extrapolate the converation in an interview with Jesse Lahey on his Engaging Leaders poodcast and in an interview with Mark Tobin. I share each of these conversations today.

Confident Humility: A Podcast

Listen to the podcast by going to Engaging Leader.

Karin and Jesse discuss:

  • Why humility matters so much in leadership
  • Being confident but still remaining humble
  • Five ways to teach confident humility
  • Confidence + Humility = Credibility

Karin and Jesse also address these questions from listeners:

  • Does humility get in the way of executive presence?
  • If the concept of humility was not learned as a child. Do you really think it can be learned in adulthood, especially if the person has already achieved success or leader status?

An Interview with Mark Tobin

Tobin writes:

mark-tobin-200x300“I’m fortunate that practically all my corporate clients genuinely care about leadership and demonstrate this commitment in our engagement. However, many executives claim to be interested in leadership yet their behavior often doesn’t match their speech. I’ve recently crossed paths with a senior leader (not a client) who writes about and demonstrates leadership.

Karin and I both blogged about the coexistence of confidence and humility in leadership and exchanged thoughts (Can Confidence & Humility Coexist In A Leader?). I recently interviewed Karin about our shared thoughts on leaders and leadership.

Read the interview here: Thoughts On Leadership From A Fortune 20 Executive

How about you, what would you add to the growing conversation on confident humility?
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Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

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What People Are Saying

Steve Borek   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

The overwhelming majority of people leading others are afraid to be vulnerable. They think it makes them look weak. They have it all wrong. They don’t understand that eating humble pie will make them a leader people will run through a brick wall for.

letsgrowleaders   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Steve, I so agree. People want to be lead by humans, so they can bring their humanity to the mix.

Ali Anani (@alianani15)   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Only strong people are humble. They know how much more they need to learn and people respect their drive to capture more knowledge. We were born of clay and not of gold.

letsgrowleaders   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Ali, great metaphor…. being born of clay. thank you.

Dave Bratcher   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Humility is something which is very difficult to understand, because it is something that seems counter intuitive. This is something so many people do not understand. They believe the only way to have your own horn tooted is to toot it yourself. Wrong answer!

letsgrowleaders   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Dave, yes…it is counterintuitive. But when done elegantly, priceless.

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Having an understanding that there is more than one story or narrative (even for a single person) is very helpful in developing humility. Back when I was an engineer I had a boss who often said, “there are 6 of us in the room which means there are 10 possible solutions, Let’s pick one that is good enough.”

letsgrowleaders   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Renee, what an important addition. So many important stories… incuding yours. Now you’ve got me curious about engineer to reverend thing… we should talk more. Namaste.

Mauro Turrisi   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Humility is crucial to be able to multiply the talent around as well as it opens new ideas to be generated. Having a strong presents and being humble is a difficult balance. Great pod cast.

letsgrowleaders   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Mauro… yes, so agree with that. It’s contagious. Thanks for listening… and commenting.

Lolly Daskal   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Vulnerability is the new strong.

Great conversation thanks for sharing.

letsgrowleaders   |   16 September 2013   |   Reply

Lolly, Amen.

Mark Tobin   |   18 September 2013   |   Reply

Karin, Great podcast with Jesse. Particularly enjoyed your perspective on leading when people don’t have to follow you. That’s a true test of leadership. Although I bet you weren’t counting on a leadership challenge with the kids musical at the church! Really enjoyed our conversation, thanks for including it in your post.