It does not take long when listening to upcoming election news that we hear a lot of “I” and “my” statements. The list of “I will do this” and “I have done that” in both rallies and in debates continues. “My record”, “my beliefs”, and “my term in office” are all statements we hear regularly in this election year. Ego is a common denominator in much of our leadership today.
Let’s consider making 2012 the Year of the Humble! Jimmy Johnson, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Champion has a small sign hanging in his trailer. Simply stated, it reads “If you are not humble you will tumble.” It is humbleness that makes winning possible. In business, there is also a lot of self-focused leadership who are concerned with what is in it for them first. HUMBLE is a blend of leadership skill.
- H: Honesty is critical when assessing one’s self and it is necessary to grow in skill and practice.
- U: Understanding why we do what we do is essential in facilitating opportunity for others.
- M: Our message is listened to only when it is consistent.
- B: It is through our beliefs that enable to leadership to grow and prosper.
- L: There has to be a degree of luck and fate that brings us together for common purpose.
- E: Enthusiasm is at the heart of attitude and believability. Positive and upbeat leadership is always refreshing and energizing.
At the soul of leadership is the important aspect of humble service. The giving of both talent and activity is paramount to winning in every organization. One of the benchmarks of Dale Carnegie training is the focus on never condemning, complaining, or criticizing; making others look good is the true definition of humbleness.
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