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Confident Humility: The Conversation Continues

by | Sep 16, 2013 | Authenticity & Transparency, By Karin Hurt |

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

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. Steve Borek

    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

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

  2. Ali Anani (@alianani15)

    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

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

  3. Dave Bratcher

    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

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

  4. Rev. Renee Ruchotzke

    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

      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.

  5. Mauro Turrisi

    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

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

  6. Lolly Daskal

    Vulnerability is the new strong.

    Great conversation thanks for sharing.

  7. Mark Tobin

    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.


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