James C Collins said it, not me. The difference between a good leader and a great leader is humility. Humility is rarely seen in a person. As humans we are not perfect, so once we do something to perfection, we feel like the right thing to do is to brag about it. Taking credit for something you did is not a bad thing, it’s once you boast about it, that it becomes a problem.
Picture yourself on a soccer team and the captain of your team scores one goal that made you guys win the finals and it’s the first time he’s ever scored. But then he talks about how if he wasn’t on the team you guys wouldn’t have even made it to the finals, for a whole month. How would you view him as a leader? He gives no encouragement at all, doesn’t acknowledge your teammates and brags about how he’s the best player on the whole team. I would view him as a selfish person with no humility at all.
Now imagine, the same story, but the only difference is that the captain congratulates everyone because of their contribution to the team and says he couldn’t have done it without you guys! That’s a great leader that I would follow.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams
Your actions don’t need to be seen by others. Humility inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. Humility is the quality, that shows whether you really care about what you’re doing or if you only do it for the spotlight. Do you want a leader that cares about what they do or that does it to gain something in return?