“Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader” – Harvard Business Review

September 13, 2013

Good Friday morning to you!

I saw this article,“Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader”,  and thought it interesting that a premier business publication would be talking about humility. It’s actually a pretty good article.

“Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. . . Yes, we have scores of books, articles, and studies that warn us of the perils of hubris. The word comes from the Greek and means extreme pride and arrogance, generally indicating a loss of connection to reality brought about when those in power vastly overestimate their capabilities. And yes, many of us have also seen evidence that its opposite, humility, inspires loyalty, helps to build and sustain cohesive, productive team work, and decreases staff turnover. Jim Collins had a lot to say about CEOs he saw demonstrating modesty and leading quietly, not charismatically, in his 2001 bestseller Good to Great.”

The one thing I notice about the article, is that it is still misses a key point, in my opinion, of humility. One aspect of humility is a focus on others and their needs (Philippians 2:3) and less on ours. As Crawford Lorritts says in his book Leadership as an Identity, servanthood is an identity, not a leadership tactic.Humility is not a tactic or leadership strategy, but a way of walking with the Lord and others.

So, some good ideas in here, but the biblical approach to humility is a much richer and deeper understanding and approach to life.

Have a blessed weekend!

BG