Many people associate successful leadership with the arrogance, charisma, or narcissism that come with a big ego. In this episode, Amer Kaissi shatters these common myths about ego-driven leadership and gives you practical tools to lead with humility and ambition. Humility actually requires ambition, courage, and fierce determination – and the most successful leaders have these characteristics. It’s what Kaissi calls Humbitious.
Leading with Humility and Ambition
07:32 When we’re talking about humility and ambition and leadership, what are we talking about?
When we start with the concept of humility, it is really important to clarify what humility is and what humility is not.
Ambition is a compliment to humility because it allows us to set bold visions and to go out there and execute them.
“Humble leaders are transparent about their personal limitations and their willingness to learn from others. They’re confident in presenting themselves as works in progress as a result, their followers feel validated in their own development efforts because the message is it’s okay to be a work in progress here.”
Give employees permission to be a work in progress on this team and in this organization, which means it gives them the permission to ask questions. It gives them the permission to ask for development opportunities. And we know that when employees and team members are doing that, they are much more engaged in their work.
There’s no magic pill. If we want to improve our employee’s engagement we have to reset our leadership approach.
Ask yourself hard questions such as who allowed me to succeed, who mentored me early in my career, who gave me chances, and who on my team is doing such a great job to make me look so good?
What do open-mindedness and curiosity look like in a leadership sense?
You may have a great position of power in your organization but in the grand scheme of things, you are still small in the world and in the universe. Acknowledge your smallness with humility but still do your role to the best of your ability because no one else is gonna do it other than you.
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