The Importance Of Humility In Leadership

It's lonely at the top, but while there you should make sure your team feel supported.

A leader’s strength can be measured in various ways and means, but what allows a leader to be successful can be challenging to calculate. There are plenty of traits that successful leaders exhibit daily, whether it’s good communication or respectful critique. When assessing the leadership qualities of those around you, whether to promote an individual or review your connection to your boss, you must account for the leader’s humility.

"When you have employees who feel empowered, the benefits are innumerable."

Humility has various uses for a leader and has secondary and tertiary effects that the leader might not be aware of existing. One of the best benefits of humble leadership is that it produces a more energetic team atmosphere. No one accomplishes anything alone, and having a team working cohesively and for each other is the surest way to stimulate a productive environment. When you are humble as a leader, you empower your employees to be the best and most comfortable version of themselves possible. They will respond to your attitude, and everyone appreciates a leader who recognises that the team accomplished something, not the individual. Humility is the first step in recognition of the capacity others have to impact your workspace positively.

When you have employees who feel empowered, the benefits are innumerable. The most significant benefits tend to belong to employee engagement and innovation. Employees who feel as though their voice matters are more willing to share their voice and take shots at ideas that might be mildly risky. You want to have a culture that is willing to experiment and explore new ideas. Humility means knowing that just because you’ve operated one way doesn’t mean it’s the only way. Employees always respond well to an employer who does not know it and engages with their ideas and goals. Take the time to show your employees you care about their concepts by listening and letting go of habits. Rather allow new ideas to flourish.


Humility also brings a sense of humanity to the work you are trying to accomplish. We all err, and we all make a struggle to do our best from time to time. Having the humility to recognise the humanity in each of your employees will always benefit your company culture in the long run. When you take the time not just to say but show your employees that their wellness matters, you display that you value their personhood above the company. That can be an incredibly humble decision to make, as the company could be essential to a leader. Showing your subordinates that they are more important than profit will always produce a cohesion that can’t be replicated or reproduced.

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