Humble Duck
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Humility helps you develop as a person and enjoy richer relationships with others.

In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself…For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.” – Benjamin Franklin

1. Open up

Get the most out of your team by welcoming their views. Appreciate everyone’s contribution and you’ll create more innovative solutions, together.

2. Go for gold, not glory

Author Jim Collins compared the performance of high-profile CEOs with those who stay out of the limelight, and found that it’s results, not status, that count. Focus on your role, not your profile.

3. Don’t tell, show

You don’t have to be full of charisma, but simply demonstrate the high standards you expect. Inspiring behaviour can be more powerful than an inspiring speech.

4. Let others shine

Deflect discussions about yourself by praising the contributions of others. Lou Gerstner, who stopped IBM from crumbling in the ’90s, illustrates this:

Change came to IBM in large part due to the pride and energy of the employees themselves… My role was to kick-start the process.

5. Have faith

Coleman Mockler turned Gillette around, and retained remarkable balance in his work and home life – even during the darkest times of takeover crisis. His secret? Trusting the team that he’d assembled. Cultivate a team of experts and they’ll build greatness, even when you’re not there.

6. Selectively reveal weaknesses

Let people see that you’re human and they’ll feel comfortable working on*their own weaknesses. Don’t gloss over imperfections and you’ll motivate others to get to where you are now.

7. Ask for feedback

David Pottruck, former CEO of Charles Schwab, found that his long workdays and aggression made colleagues and family resent him. By his third marriage he had the answer: ask for feedback on a regular basis.

8. Step back

Create something that will live on, long after you’ve moved on. One humble CEO said:

I want to look from my porch, see the company as one of the great companies in the world, and be able to say: “I used to work there.

What do you think? Have I missed any points? Please leave your comments below:

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