Leadership in Your Own Business
Are you comfortable asking about what you DON'T know?
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
As strong leaders of our own business, we know our stuff. We’ve learned ‘the ropes’ - often the hard way. That experience means we excel in our areas of expertise.
We need to watch that in earning that experience we don’t lose our humility. There are parts of our business we don’t know well and with all our earned experience, it’s easy to feel like we ‘ought’ to know and fall into a trap of not wanting to ask!
When we openly admit our mistakes, recognized the skills of those around us, and willingly learn from those who follow us, we show that true leaders provide not only their own contribution, but also encourage contribution and leadership from everyone around them. This encourages safe exchanges, normalizes mistakes (note that normalizing is not a lack of guidelines or expectations), and fosters an environment rich with growth and learning that every level of our business will benefit from.
This article on humility points out the crucial difference between good and great leaders.