Staying Humble

Looking In The Mirror

OuthouseFor centuries it has been debated on what characteristics and skills define a great leader. Those of us that have realized the need to improve our skills and the ultimate responsibility to others for our actions, continue to look in the mirror. We accept that self-examination is not for vanity but in humble recognition of our duty to serve as well as to lead. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

Most of us have learned humility the hard way through personal and professional failure. How does the road to humility apply to the manufacturing plant arena? It allows leaders and team members to understand and accept strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledging weaknesses creates great opportunity to grow as managers or supervisors. If key positions stop growing, then the plant stops growing as well. As you grow, so grows your team and co-workers; as they grow, so grows the institution. Staying humble can be learned, as mentioned, through failures.

Staying humble is one of the leadership traits that you do not see as frequently as you should. Some will consider it a weakness and feel that being humble means letting others run over you. This is not the case at all. It does however keep your position of power from clouding your judgment. If you are constantly making others feel less than you, you need to work on humility. Staying humble is much easier when you yield to the fact that no one person has all the answers.

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