Champion Leadership Tip #33 – Two Resources to Help Leaders Develop the Habit of Humility

Those of you who have followed these Champion Leadership Tips over the past 33 weeks know I believe that one of the 5 Traits of a Champion Leader is “humility.” (see Champion Leaderships Tip #11).

When I coach business leaders this is one of the most challenging transformations I have to help them make, as it is initiailly mis-understood. They often see it as being soft. But as I argue in Tip #11 it is actually a sign of strength.

Because I believe it is so important for leaders to develop and nurture the habit of humility I thought I would take this week’s post to offer two resources to help.

The resources are two excellent books I’ve recently read that are outstanding at reinforcing the fact that leaders often are the cause of their team members failing to meet performance, behavior and attitude expectations.

The two books are:

“What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith – this book provides case studies of Goldsmith’s work with his high-level CEO clients as well as personal anecdotes of how he has applied the strategies to improve his own business and family relationships. In the book Goldsmith offers specific communication exercises that leaders can practice to improve the relationships with those they work with to transform the results they get through other people.

“Leadership & Self-Deception” by The Arbinger Institute -I was very impressed with this book. It offers tremendous insight into how our own internal thought process and communication style often times creates a belief system that causes us to see others through a filter. It is this filter which gets in the way of our perception of others to create a self-fulfilling prophecy of how we expect them to be.

The premise of the book is that leaders often times decieve themselves because of this filtered perception and communicate with people as if they are objects and not “people.” In failing to see people as “people” with thoughts, feelings, and desires much like ourselves we dehmanize them, and then communicate at them in a way that causes them to behave in a way that supports our perception of them. This creates a downward and recurring spiral of behavior that reinforces our belief and destroys a relationship and a potentially high quality contributor to our life and business.

Read and apply the strategies in both books and you will significantly improve the results and satisfaction you get from both your personal and professional relationships.

These two books are great resources for leaders who are ready to embrace humility and look inside themselves so they can elevate their approach to truly become a Champion Leader.

‘Til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, helping leaders motivate employees to improve organizational performance