I’ve often been asked this question. It’s linked to spotting potential and it seems that others think I have a knack for tapping into strengths and helping them to bloom. Who am I to disagree? So other than the obvious list of skills and competencies leaders have to have, ie talent, education, presence, I also list character and humility. This has produced several raised eyebrows in the past but I hold firm to my list – it hasn’t let me down yet! I am a firm believer that leadership is first about character, THEN about skills. The former is something deep inside us, the latter is something you can acquire along the way. Equally, you can’t talk your way into humility, it’s only ever practiced. Humility demonstrates real strength (in my eyes). Arrogant leaders might well succeed, but they will never be successful because humility is much more about the “how” of doing things. Its “how” you go about things that makes you memorable, makes others want to follow and aspire to you, and which leaves a lasting impression on them.
So, this week, think hard about:
“How would you spot a future leader?”
This simple, yet instantly recognisable list, will help you spot them 🙂
It’s not exhaustive of course and the skills element is very important indeed. But humility is essential because it allows leaders to ask, “How can I help?” C. S. Lewis once said: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”
What strengths do you see in humility and how does arrogance hinder or destroy leadership? Looking forward to the answers on this one as everyone I’ve met has a view and opinion on leadership, good and bad.