WHAT IF HUMILITY IS THE REAL CONFIDENCE?
I remember one of my first bosses in NYC. I could hear him coming all the way down the hall. Not because he was yelling; no, it was because he was stomping. There was a quiet smile on people’s faces because he was a much smaller man than most, and yet he made the most noise.
Now, you might think that I’m about to tell you that he was boosting himself up to seem important, but he didn’t have to because he was already the CEO of the company. The interesting thing about this man was that he was a schoolteacher in the past before he ended up as the CEO of a pretty large company.
You might also think that he had a big ego to show that he deserved the position, but he didn’t. What he did have was humility, and he used it with discernment to listen and stay curious, asking more questions of others and letting them do what they knew best.
WISDOM IS TO KNOW WHAT WE DON’T KNOW.
My dad was a great influence on my way of thinking, and when I was younger, being all worried that I didn’t know enough to be taken seriously as a woman in business, he would remind me that the greatest leaders don’t have all the answers, they have the questions that lead to the answer, and they know who to ask….
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Originally published on September 27, 2023 at JeanetteBronee.com.