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Oct 23, 2014

Does Humility matter in Leadership?

Does humility matter in leadership? Yes it matters very much in fact without humility there would be no real success in leadership.

Take for example the many authoritarian leaders who were eventually overthrown by their people. These leaders showed authoritarian or iron fisted kind of leadership and they earned success initially. Their people followed what they want but after a number of years comes  resistance and soon this resistance will snowball. Eventually this would result to the arrogant leader being overthrown by his people.

This is for the reason that people normally don’t want arrogant and overbearing leaders. People may tolerate these kind of leaders for a while but eventually limits of patience woulc be reached and this arrogant leader would soon be overthrown or deposed.   

The same is true in an organization setup no matter what kind or how small the organization. Subordinates will always align themselves with a humble leader and their motivation would always be high if they are being lead by a humble leader.

Why is this so? Because this is natural human behavior, who would want to be lead by an arrogant and overbearing leader? Nobody! We always want a leader who has humility even if the leader is strict for as long as he/she has humility this leader will be respected and accepted by his/her subordinates.

Therefore, humility is one of the most important ingredients of a successful organizational leader.   Just look at Pope Francis, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Jesus, to name a few.

Do you use humility in your exercise of leadership? - Marino J. Dasmarinas