Today, a powerful leader in a really fast growing system of his making, came face to face with a hard fact. He has a pride problem. He resisted hearing this. He resisted seeing this. He made me work to earn his ears and eyes, if you will. By the end of our practice he was getting it. Today, he looked in the mirror and saw his pride problem.
The great, timeless leader understands that pride is their biggest problem. This BTL leader builds real strength and never ceases in their quest for more. And, as they become stronger, smarter, and masters of their craft, they sandwich their strength and ever increasing strength of their team with the practice of deep seated humility. Great leaders understand that humility has gotta be the bookends that holds them and their teams together. Humility constrains. Humility calms. Humility keeps us looking up; down, not so much. Humility sustains high performers. Study history, you’ll see.
Great leaders couple great strength with the practice of humility. They see the seeds of pride, arrogance, and outa control hubris before the world does. These leaders fall to their knees and look up gratefully, thankfully, and most importantly, humbly for perspective.
George Washington was twice offered dictatorial powers in America’s infancy. He declined both times. His practice of humility saved our nation from simply going from one King George to another. In January 1800, a month after GW’s death, Henry Holcombe paid tribute to Washington in a sermon that became known throughout the land, according to David Bobb in his book simply titled, Humility. “His boldness and magnanimity,” Holcombe said, were “equaled by nothing but his modesty and humility.”
Build strength, my leader. And, bookend your strength with deep seated humility. Strength and humility, please. This is why at BTL we have building humility as the second essential immediately following building your strong CORE. I hope you now know a bit more around why. And, I hope you’re getting comfortable with your mirror. Great leaders look in the mirror, remember, to face their own problems and they look out the window to give credit to their team for helping them onto their lofty perch. Proud people reverse the equation. What about you, friend…