The difference between a good leader and a great leader

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? 

6 réflexions au sujet de “The difference between a good leader and a great leader”

  1. Hey Dan!
    I enjoyed reading your article! Your example with the soccer team and how the captain demonstrating humility would be perceived was very interesting. I feel like it’s human nature to be put off by someone who’s too arrogant, having someone who boasts about their own accomplishments without acknowledging the group effort is surely not uplifting the team but only themselves . However I believe that confidence and being able to recognize when you did something well are important traits for a leader to have! Do you agree?

    1. Aimée Kwon, merci beaucoup de ton commentaire et ta question pertinente. Est-ce que je crois qu’un leader devrait avoir une forte confiance en soi et doit être capable de reconnaître quand il a bien fait? Certainement! C’est sûr que pour être un bon leader, il faut avoir ses habiletés, mais l’origine de ses habiletés viennent d’où? Ils proviennent tous de l’humilité. L’humilité ne veut pas dire, ne jamais prendre responsabilité de tes actions lorsque tu as réussi ton objectif. Non, pas du tout! Être humble, c’est savoir quand et comment prendre la responsabilité de ce que tu fais. En étant un humble, tu seras capable de reconnaître quand tu as bien fait. Et, si tu es humble, tu n’est pas quelqu’un qui se vanteras, parce que tu as confiance dans ce que toi tu as fait, donc les deux qualités s’entraident. Alors en conclusion, pour répondre à ta question, oui, en tant que leader il faut avoir une forte confiance en soi et être capable de reconnaître quand il a bien fait, car toutes ses qualités proviennent d’un seul, l’humilité.

  2. Bonjour Dan j’ai vraiment aimé ton article. Moi aussi je trouve qu’il y a une différence entre la confiance et l’égoïsme. L’humilité est très importante chez un Leader et je crois que ton exemple était très pertinent puisque c’est quelque chose qui peut se passer à tout le monde à l’école. Par contre, pour certains la confiance peut apparaître comme l’égoïsme où ou l’arrogance. Selon toi en tant que leader comment est-ce qu’on détermine là où on doit arrêter?

  3. Dan, your article is speaking facts, a leader should always show humility because that’s one great way to expend your credibility to other. Having that attributes as leader can only bring your team or your surrounding up to good and allow them to better themselves with positive feedbacks. But nowdays, people worry about their own performance instead of the performance of the team, they always forget what led them to their success. i agree with you all the way that their a difference between showing good confidence and selfisness.

  4. Hi Dan,
    I enjoyed reading your blogue! I really think humility is one of the assets of a great leader, and it is definitely something I should consider learning because as you know me, I sometimes tend to be cocky. Your soccer example shows exactly how a captain should act with his team, however, being cocky and confident are two different things, and some people can sometimes confuse them. Confidence is a great asset for a leader, but being too confident results to cockiness, and great leaders are the ones who can balance their level of confidence, which results in a confident but humble person… in other words: A leader.

  5. Hi Dan,

    I really enjoyed this article of yours. I found that you expressed your opinion very clearly and compellingly. I also found your comparison between two possible scenarios (with the soccer team captain) very eye-opening. I now think of humility as an essential trait in a great leader! I’m curious to know; do you consider yourself to be a leader of great humility? Or if not, what are you planning to do in order to become a more modest, humble leader?


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