“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”- Saint Augustine
Great leadership is never the result of an easy environment or ideal circumstances. Great leadership rises out of an environment that is precarious, unsure and difficult.
Leaders make the conscious decision to rise, see above their circumstances and not be lessened by our environment.
The easiest way to rise in today’s modern world, where many are doing all they can to seek attention and be noticed, is to be humble. Humble leaders do not think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less. They are more concerned with encouraging and affirming others.
Hubris and big-noting lead only to emptiness and loneliness. It is humility that leads to connection and human flourishing.
Morale, engagement and productivity are highest when leaders show a high degree of consideration and concern for their team. Tangible student leadership is displayed when leaders care very little about who gets the credit.