Last week, I shared that I had the opportunity to virtually attend the DiversityFirst Certification Program. It was a week long program curated by the Diversity Council. As a female in a leadership position, I went into the class feeling that I had a strong grasp on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. I am passionate around the space and had continued to research and learn. However, by the end of the week, I was humbled. I had gained new insight into the experiences of my peers who were of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. I had a chance to spend significant time researching micro-inequities and the differently abled community. It got me thinking- being humble gives a leader the ability to see and treat others more equally. Humility humanizes us. It brings us closer together.
When thinking about leadership, the top characteristics that come to mind are probably boldness, intelligence, proactivity, fearlessness, inspiration, dedication, strategic thinking, and bravery. Most people mistakenly don’t associate humility with leadership, yet humility is a virtue at the core of great leadership. Many think that being humble means being timid or weak, a pushover, or someone who is too soft. In reality, it’s anything but.
I wanted to share with you a few resources I valued on leading with humility. These are compiled from external sources, and something I often reference. Each week I will work to bring quick hit topics for you to bring to your leadership journey.
5 Ways to Lead with Humility- 5 Ways to Lead with Humility - People Development Magazine
Why you need humility to lead through change- Why You Need Humility To Lead Through Change (forbes.com)
9 Reasons Humility is the key to Exceptional Leadership- 9 Reasons Humility Is the Key Ingredient to Exceptional Leadership (entrepreneur.com)